Dairy Foods

Is dairy an important part of a healthy diet… or unnecessary and even harmful to our health?

As is the case with most foods, the healthfulness of milk, cheese, yogurt, kefir and other dairy products largely depends on the way it was processed and procured.

Grass Fed Dairy: The Positives of Pasture

Dairy made using traditional methods – from cows that graze on lush pasture – has numerous health benefits. In fact, dairy from pastured cows contains more vitamin A, omega-3 fats, vitamin K.

What About Raw Dairy Products?

And raw dairy contains an assortment of beneficial bacteria and immune boosting substances (including the Wulzen factor) that promote gut health and fight off infection.

Dairy Free Recipes

If you follow the Paleo diet, or suffer from milk allergies or lactose intolerance, dairy products just aren’t on the menu. You’ll find hundreds of healthy dairy free recipes here at Healing Gourmet – from creamy creme brulee to silky mashers  – that will satisfy your cravings for cream.

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Whey Protein

Whey is considered a superfood by doctors and fitness fanatics alike. And for good reason. Boost Your Antioxidants... AND Your Metabolism High in protein, whey is believed to be the most thermogenic food on the planet. It is also a great way to boost your body's production of glutathione - a natural detoxifier and anti-aging substance. Whey is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled … [Read more...]



Kefir is a cultured, enzyme-rich dairy food packed with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your gut flora. The beneficial yeast and friendly bacteria in the kefir culture consume most of the lactose (or milk sugar), making it a more tolerable dairy product for those who are lactose intolerant. Kefir contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt or … [Read more...]


Goat Milk

While goat's milk is more popular in many parts of the world, only recently has goat's milk become readily available in the United States. While goat's milk is similar to cow's milk, goat's milk has some distinct advantages. Because goat's milk does not contain agglutinin, the fat globules in goat's milk don't cluster together which makes them easier to digest. Goat's milk may also have … [Read more...]


Crème Fraîche

Crème fraîche, pronounced 'krem fresh', is a thick, smooth soured cream with a rich, velvety texture and a nutty tangy taste. Crème fraîche can be found in specialty food stores or you can make your own using this simple recipe: Add 1 cup organic whipping cream and 2 tablespoons organic buttermilk to a glass jar. Cover and shake to combine.  Let stand at room temperature (about 70 degrees F.) … [Read more...]



In natural, unhomogenized milk, cream is the fat-rich layer that rises to the top. However, most of the cream commercially available today is separated from the milk by centrifugal force. There are many varieties of cream, all of which are categorized according to the percent of milk fat in the mixture. Light cream (also known as coffee or table cream) can contain anywhere from 18 to 30 … [Read more...]


Sour Cream

Sour cream is produced by introducing a probiotic bacterial culture into cream. The culture produces lactic acid, which sours and thickens the cream. Ranging from 18 to 20 percent fat, sour cream often contains additional ingredients such as gelatin, rennin and enzymes. Light sour cream is made from half-and-half and contains about 40 percent less fat than regular sour cream; nonfat sour … [Read more...]


Cottage Cheese

Cottage cheese is a fresh cheese made from whole, part-skimmed or skimmed pasterurized cow's milk. You can find cottage cheese in three forms: small-curd, medium-curd and large-curd (often called "popcorn" cottage cheese). HEALING TIP: Be sure to choose organic cottage cheese made from organic milk without using antibiotics, synthetic hormones, or pesticides. … [Read more...]



What could be better than the taste of butter? If you choose wisely and use sparingly, butter can be a healthy ingredient in your disease-fighting, anti-aging arsenal. Once maligned due to a high saturated fat content, butter is now getting another churn. Because saturated fats do not oxidize as readily as polyunsaturated fats, they work well under the high-heat of sauteeing with less concern … [Read more...]



Haven't tried buttermilk? It's time you gave this old-fashioned staple a chance. Buttermilk is packed with health-promoting probiotics including Lactococcus lactic and Leuconostoc cremoris that provide a myriad of benefits ranging from gastrointestinal health to cancer prevention. Delicious whirled into a smoothie and wonderful for baking, buttermilk lends a rich, hearty flavor with fewer … [Read more...]



Yogurt has been a culinary staple in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe for centuries. In 1931, commercial production of the cultured dairy product began in the United States. Be sure to choose organic yogurt made from milk that is free of hormones. And opt for plain yogurt, adding fresh or frozen berries and stevia, as most flavored yogurt is either loaded with sugar or artificial … [Read more...]

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