One of my good blogger buddies, Deep End of a Puddle, recently shared with me that she didn’t realize that you could get enough calcium without eating dairy. I’m guessing that she also doesn’t know about the research that shows that dairy contributes to a host of diseases like cancer. I know she is not alone (I certainly used to be unaware too!). I think most people believe that milk is good for them. And why wouldn’t we think that since even the government tells us we’re supposed to drink it. This, however; is not what research tells us. If you’re not familiar with the research, then I hope you’ll read this post.
I recently watched a re-run of the show, Frasier, where Roz is pregnant and has a meltdown after realizing that she’s run out of milk. “I’m going to be a terrible mother,” she cries to Frasier. Not knowing what’s upset her, Frasier tries to calm her down. Still aggravated, however; Roz storms to the kitchen and comes out shaking an empty milk carton saying, “See! Milk is a staple, and I ran out of it. My baby is doomed.”
As this Frasier episode shows, our society has bought into the idea that milk does a body good so much so that we believe it’s necessary for our health. When you stop to think about it, however; this is strange. Milk is produced by a mother to nurture her infant. When the baby no longer needs this rich form of nutrients, she’s weaned. End of story, except for humans, that is.
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