The Feed on Milk (I)

Milk

The baby boomers may remember that in the late 20th century, milk and milk products were abhorred in the media, basing on the supposed scientific findings. Yet the same scientific studies and media now, talks about the myriad benefits of milk and wants you have milk in abundance. I guess the alternative soy milk sales did not catch on and milk production has increased way too much. It only proves that anything projected towards you is based on the business cartels paying the scientific community and media to convince us on selling their products.

A look at Food Intolerance Network, shows that the population in the northern hemisphere are very well lactose tolerant and yet the southern population raise cattle and gulp themselves with milk and rarely complain of lactose intolerance. Northern European humans developed the ability to digest lactose during adulthood around 7000 years ago. The American continent’s population for the most part emigrated from Europe, do your math!

Those 15 % of you, who may have lactose intolerance, have a way out. Ripened or fermented cheese & probiotic yogurts or kefir are well tolerated. What you have to watch out for, are products that are ‘ready to eat meals’ like pizza, microwave meals and barbecue sausages – they contain lots of lactose and cellulose as filler material.

Should we then go for low-fat diary? Studies have shown that a full-fat diary though contains more calories, does not increase obesity any more than low-fat diary. An added advantage of full-fat diary is it improves insulin sensitivity and has a 62% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, specially more so if the cows were raised eating mostly grass (study in Australia). It also improves other risk factors… such as blood pressure and inflammation.

Consuming raw milk isn’t nearly as risky (courtesy, Chris Kresser) as some people make it out to be, if it is fresh. Raw milk has the least outbreaks and illnesses (1.3%) of all the major food categories – beef, eggs, poultry, produce and seafood. It is a choice that you have to personally decide on if you intend to consume raw milk.

What about Organic milk, you may ask. Is it worth the hefty price? Note, not all organic milk are as safe as or better than regular milk.

The pros in favor of 100% grass-fed cows are it contains more conjugated linoleic acid, Omega-3’s and Vitamin E, beta carotene and Vitamin A and K2. These cows must have year round access to the outdoors, a good point, but for how many hours per day has never been specified. Do research on the brand of Organic milk that you buy.

The cons are that the organic milk may be processed by UHT – ultra-high temperature- pasteurization. The UHT processing kills off the essential enzymes present in milk, which negates the purpose of us going the Organic way. Has your organic milk undergone UHT? Verify before you buy! What are your thoughts?

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