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I’ve been wanting to post about choosing clean dairy without breaking the bank.

If you read this post, you know about what cheese you should be buying!

If you are new to clean eating, or just don’t have the financial resources to go 100% organic in your dairy purchases, there are options!

Just to review, here are few effects of rBST/rBGH

  • rBST increases the risk of cancer by elevating levels of another hormone, IGF-1. High levels of IGF-1 can promote breast cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer.
  • If you have even just subtle amounts of IGF-1, there’s a link to breast, prostate and colon cancer…the endocrine system is so sensitive that subtle effects can make a difference.
  • Cows treated with rBST/rBGH have higher rates of udder infections-when they are treated with antibiotics, resistant bacteria can grow.  People who later eat dairy products from these cows can also build up resistance.
  • People who consume these dairy products could become resistant to antibiotics.

Buying organic dairy is best, because it means these cows are exclusively given organic feed, are kept in pens with adequate space, and are given periodic access to the outdoors.

That said, if you can’t go organic right now, you CAN go rBST/rBGH free!

After another round of phone calls to lots of companies, (don’t y’all love me for doing the work for you?!) here are brands that are free of hormones, but not necessarily organic.

Note: I called companie and stores from ALL OVER the USA this time, not just stores/brands regional to Texas!

Milk

Great Value (Wal-Mart) – I know, shocking! Wal-Mart has pledged that their milk is hormone free. Probably the cheapest source of hormone free milk for us!

Kroger/Smiths/Food 4 Less– not organic, but hormone free!

Publix – one of the 1st grocery stores to carry hormone free milk!

Promised Land – I just love the taste of this milk. It is hormone/antibiotic free, but their cows are not given 100% organic feed.

Alta Dena-all milk comes from hormone/antibiotic free cows!

Land O’ Lakes-comes from cows not treated with any hormones!  Not organic, but hormone free!

Butter

Challenge Butter  I bought this at Central Market; it’s not organic, but is hormone free.  It was about $1.50 less than the organic butter.

Alta Dena – hormone free!

Tillamook – their butter is rBST/rBGH free!  Says it right on the package.

Land O’Lakescannot guarantee that the milk used to make their butter is rBGH/rBST free.

Kroger/Smiths/Food 4 Lesscannot guarantee that the milk used to make their butter is rBGH/rBST free.

Yogurt

Cascade Fresh-I LOVE this brand because it is rBST/rBGH free, and the ONLY brand of yogurt I can find with NO ADDED SUGAR.  Out of 25+ brand at our Central Market, this is the only one not loaded up on sugar.

Brown Cow –  hormone free! Not available near me, but is sold elsewhere in the US.

Tillamook – hormone free!

Land O’ Lakescannot guarantee that the milk used to make their yogurt is rBGH/rBST free.

Kroger/Smiths/Food 4 Lesscannot guarantee that the milk used to make their yogurt is rBGH/rBST free.

So there you go-LOTS of hormone free choices for those not ready or able to go organic!

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