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Why Drinking Milk Is Just Not Right

Besides the fact that no one in their right mind would walk up to a cow’s udder and start suckling, the New York Times has an article that lists all the other reasons our dairy habits make absolutely no sense:

  • About 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant; that’s only about 17% of the entire country, but 90% of asians and 75% blacks, Mexicans and Jews. Why? Because the milk-drinking culture came from Northern Europe, where for some unknown reason — probably famine — people started drinking another species’ milk, as adults, and those whose bodies could still process milk as adults tended to have more kids than normal people. That mutation eventually became mainstream, and a few thousand years later pretty much all European adults are lactose tolerant; so, we make things like cheese and ice cream and the milk they sell in stores — which bears little resemblance to actual milk — and treat it like a sort of tonic that we actually need for our health.
  • Milk (even the non-fat kind) contains an amount of calories on par with soda, and half of it comes from sugars in the form of lactose.
  • Besides lactose intolerance, there’s a common food allergy called milk allergy, which most people have never heard of and which causes things like indigestion, constipation, headaches, and rashes. If you consume dairy often and have problems like that, try stopping for a week to make sure you don’t have an allergy or intolerance.
  • From a doctor quoted in the article: “It’s worth noting that milk and other dairy products are our biggest source of saturated fat, and there are very credible links between dairy consumption and both Type 1 diabetes and the most dangerous form of prostate cancer.”
  • Milk production is propped up by the Big Milk industry, which is composed of factories filled with tens of thousands of cows, since that level of production is the only way to make a living selling milk. The 9 million dairy cows in this industry live miserable lives and pollute the environment with a ton of methane.
  • But it’s good for you, right? Actually, you would get more calcium from green, leafy vegetables than from milk. And all your bones need to stay strong is exercise and sunshine, from which you get vitamin D.

The modern milk farm/factory. Photo from The Daily Mail.

 

Milk products like yogurt and cheese are a little better, since they’re easier to digest. But — with the exception of yogurt, which has been shown to help with weight loss — dairy should be treated more like a guilty pleasure than a tonic. And in the end, let’s face it: if you wouldn’t drink human milk, you shouldn’t drink bovine milk either.

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From The New York Times, via Lifehacker

Straight From The Udder


 

If you think this is disgusting, but the processed stuff you buy at the store is just fine, well…  kudos on some very creative logic.

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From It Makes No Sense, via Tosh.0

Who First Thought To Milk A Cow?

Pretty much everyone will gladly put some cow milk on their cereal, but give them horse milk, and they cringe. Give them human milk and they’ll throw it in your face; and then your stomach will turn. How does it make any sense that we find it disgusting to drink our own species’ milk, but we’ll lap up the bovine kind as if we had four stomachs? The answer of course is that no one thinks about it; we’re brainwashed at an early age to think that cow (and goat) milk is somehow natural — but if it comes from anything else, it crosses some wildly arbitrary line. Dog milk? Eww. Cat? Bear? Donkey? Gross. Pig? Why not pig? It’s basically a tiny cow. But noooo, that’s disgusting. And cow milk isn’t?

 

Let’s say the first guy who milked a cow was an ancient Sumerian named Brian. If you imagine what sort of situation would lead to you feeling around a pig’s nether regions and milking it, then actually drinking that milk, it would probably be in the neighborhood of the situation Brian found himself in. Which, by Occam’s Razor, probably means you’d be starving and say “hell, I’d rather milk that pig than die of famine”. Then you’d tell your other famished friends that instead of slaughtering the pigs and getting a few meals out of them, you can milk the pigs and get a sort of filling beverage for years. And voila: the milk pig is born.

But the British milk distributor Cravendale has some other, funnier ideas on how cow milking got started, which they share in a video entitled “Milk me, Brian“:

From YouTube, via Laughing Squid

Infographic: The Recent History Of Our Food Choices

NPR made an infographic called “Obesity in America“. The highlights:

  • In 2009, only Colorado had an obesity rate under 20%. Twenty years earlier, there were 15 states under that rate.
  • Women lose twice as much money per year due to obesity (about 5k$ vs 2.5k$), and most of that difference is due to lost wages (does this mean thin women make more money? It definitely makes sense for some professions). The biggest cost for both genders, however, is medical.
  • Movie popcorn increased tenfold, from 170 calories in the 1950s to 1700 calories now.
  • In the past decade, fast food sales increased more than 50%. To be fair though, they have a lot healthier stuff on the menu too — alongside the badness.
  • We consume twice as much sugars as we should, and a lot more than in the 1950s.
  • We’re eating more cheese and drinking less milk than we used to. Good! If a sensible test of being vegetarian is “I’ll eat what I would kill myself”, then a corollary should be “I’ll drink milk if I would park myself next to a cow’s udder and go to town.” It’s a strange state of affairs when drinking human milk is (rightly) looked upon as being friggin’ weird, but for some reason drinking cow milk is not just ok: it’s encouraged! Oh, and then let’s make cheese and ice cream out of it too. Perverts.

Via NPR