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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

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Articles From Our First Newsletter 1996

Should I Really Do Without Dairy Products?

After weaning, our bodies are not genetically prepared to produce the lactose enzyme needed to break down and absorb lactose milk sugar; this is why millions of people suffer intestinal bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and potentially worse disorders.

Dairy contains no fiber or anti-oxidants and there is the question of its high fat (how come 2% milk is really 34% fat?), in conjunction with the adverse effects attributed to bovine growth hormone, antibiotics, pesticides, bacteria and virus contamination risks.

Worried about calcium?  Eat lots of dark leafy vegetables, broccoli, legumes, soybeans and derivatives, and sea veggies.

If health reasons are not enough, read about the conditions of milking cows that are kept constantly pregnant by artificial insemination with unthinkable destinies for their offspring.

Nowadays, there are plenty of alternatives: non-dairy ice creams, rice and soymilks that come in different flavors and some are even fat free!  If you are ready for a change, visit your natural foods store, try some and you'll see.  The giving-up process is not only painless, it's liberating, connecting, enlightening, healthier and plain old delicious!

Marisa Parra

Return to Our First News Letter 1996

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