Bethany Eaton is a trained nutritionist and also the founder and MD of COYO in the UK, something we at The Nutritionista are particularly thankful for as we will admit it we are obsessed with COYO!  Bethany kindly agreed to write a guest article for The Nutritionista on dairy alternatives and the story of COYO. We hope you enjoy what she has to say 🙂

Because we’ve all been brought up on dairy, many people do not realise that it is linked to many health complaints, like acne and bloating, many of which are entirely avoidable by excluding dairy from the diet.
The important point to remember about milk is an obvious one – milk is produced for a calf, not a human, and particularly not after the age of around 4. Until that age, the human body produces an enzyme called Lactase and this enzyme breaks down Lactose (the main sugar in cow’s milk). At around 5, the body stops producing Lactase, and this is where problems and adverse reactions can occur, for example acne, bloating, diahorrea – these all happen because we cannot digest cow’s milk products.
Similarly, because the main purpose of milk is to accelerate cell growth to encourage a calf to grow, and it is for this very reason that some cancer specialists now advise their patients to remove milk from their diet.

Alternative sources of Calcium
Almonds, kale, oranges, broccoli, figs, spinach, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, sesame seeds.

Soya – a word of caution
Soya milk is often chosen as a ‘healthy’ alternative to cow’s milk, however I would advise caution here because soy is mass produced and often genetically modified. Additionally, it is a vegetable protein which is not easily digested, so it is easy to become intolerant as the body finds it difficult to break down – the side effect of this can include bloating, gas and constipation.
Soya also contains high levels of phytic acid, which is known to block the absorption of certain vital nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

Coconut is now widely recognised as one of the healthiest alternatives to dairy that we have. Not only is it delicious and highly versatile as an ingredient, but it also contains one of the richest sources of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). These fats are smaller, easily digested and burned by the liver for energy, rather than being stored in the body as fat. Coconut is one of the only fats that the liver does not have to use bile to break down. MCFAs also boost the thyroid, support the immune system and are heart healthy.

About COYO
COYO coconut milk yoghurt is rich and creamy and super healthy! Each 100g of COYO contains 1 whole coconut – it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans, is dairy free, gluten free, lactose free, soya free and has no added sugar. Seven delicious flavours: natural, vanilla, raw chocolate, morello cherry, mixed berry, pineapple, mango.

The Story of COYO
As a nutritionist I was working with clients with specific dietary needs and I wanted to find a coconut yoghurt product – but found nothing suitable in the UK. Eventually I discovered that COYO had just been launched in Australia. I quickly acquired the rights for it and brought it to the UK, where I developed my own formulations. In the past two years, COYO has won over 16 major food awards and we now produce everything from our own dairy free factory in Kent.

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