Shop with the Doc: Milk and Non-Dairy Alternatives

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In Shop with the Doc, we continue a six-week digestive health series at the Super Target in Turkey on milk and the benefits of a non-dairy alternative.

When you walk down the dairy aisle, you're faced with a choice.

Which kind of milk is best?

"We've been told for years that milk does the body good, but it all depends on the type of dairy and what your body can handle," said Dr. Pete Sulack, America's Leading Stress Expert.

Growing up, you mom most likely told you to drink plenty of milk because it will make your bones strong and healthy.

"What people don't realize is that the wrong type of dairy is actually going to break down the bones and deplete the body of this calcium and the strength of it's bones," said Dr. Pete.

He told Local 8 News most dairy products are filled with lactose and a protein called casein, which he said is even harder to digest than gluten.

He suggested ditching the soy milk. He called it a "hormone disrupter."

"It's going to cause havoc to your hormones because it's going to mimic estrogen in the body, so soy has become something that's actually going to disrupt your hormones," said Dr. Pete.

He said it doesn't matter if you're lactose intolerant, choose a non-dairy alternative like almond milk, coconut milk, or cashew milk.

"Not only are they non-dairy and don't have the lactose, but they're also very beneficial with good healthy fats," said Dr. Pete.

Keep this in mind. Dr Pete said you are going to want to choose the unsweetened, original versions, so you can ditch all that sugar.

If that's not sweet enough for you, he said you can add some stevia.

You don't only have to get your calcium from milk.

"It's not necessary to consume dairy to get strong healthy bones. In fact, we get strong, healthy bones from a good healthy digestive system, as well as calcium rich foods and vitamin K-rich foods," said Dr. Pete.