The ads have been running for years asking if we “got milk” and how it “does the body good.”
Dairy consumption is traditionally an activity for a lot of Americans, Europeans, and some Africans, but the rest of the world not so much. According to the journal of nature, non-human milk was toxic to adults during the last ice age.
11,000 years ago, we started making cheese because it wasn’t toxic and had less lactose. Plus, we can store it and eat it. If a harvest failed or a hunt wasn’t successful, our ancestors can consume cheese to sustain themselves.
Normally, humans drink milk from birth to weaning then genes shut off the enzymes to digest it. But some gene mutations changed all of that and now we can drink milk forever!! Or at least some people can. We use that advantage to change from hunter gatherers to farmers. It was awesome then, but is it still?
With 5,000 animals producing milk, why do we drink the milk of a cow? Well, because it’s business. Sure there is flavor, texture, and tradition but we domesticated cows because they are docile and easy to contain, thus making their milk easy to obtain itself. In some countries, goat’s milk is popular, but it doesn’t produce a high enough yield per animal to turn to profit. In the U.S. department of Agriculture, they are still trying to decide if camel milk can be sold in America. So simple domestications, and ten gallons yields per day make cow the big winners of the dairy world.
The thing is, after age eight, 65 percent of the people on earth are lactose intolerant. Most people can’t actually drink milk. It’s the lactose tolerance people that are the weirdo’s of humanity. Of those, most trace their ancestry back to Europe or Africa where those gene mutations occur. Even still, a dairy allergy which is NOT lactose intolerance is one of the most commonly reported food allergies just below peanut allergy.
Milk can cause bloating, constipation, and acid reflux and has been clinically connected to increased mucus generations, congestions, sinus problems, migraines, increased eczema, and joint pain. It’s doing the body good!
Whether you are lactose intolerant or not, is milk actually a healthy beverage? Well, let’s look at the biggest selling point calcium. We are told that milk builds strong bones. “That’s not strictly speaking true.” In fact, several studies shows that when it comes to building strong bones, calcium intake is only a small part of the equation along with genetics, lifestyle, and getting enough vitamin D from exposure to the sun.
Calcium is definitely important for kids and adults, but milk isn’t the only source. You can also get it from fish, beans, greens, almonds, oranges, lettuce, seeds, and a lot of other places. So drinking milk for enjoyment is one thing, but drinking it for the calcium or for “health reasons” is debatable. Is knowing some facts about milk going to change how much of it you drink?