Friday, July 17, 2009

I've been cheating on Dairy

Yes Dairy, I have to make my affair public! Over the years you have been the substance in my cereals, the tall glass of milk for my oreos, essentially, you were the peanut butter to my jelly (or milk to my cookie).

No one in this glass-o-milk drinkin' country would ever think to discard you and replace with another.
But I couldn't resist!

Who is it you ask? Who have I replaced my beverage of choice with?

Well, it's vanilla flavored.


No, not Soy Milk! I don't like the aftertaste!




Okay real story:
When I wrote that '10 things' tag, it brought back all the benefits of Vegeterianism, so although I love my goat meat too much, I thought about the pros/cons of milk.
I mean really, why do you think children only have to be breastfeed until 2? Because after then we really do not need milk, plain and simple. Do any of us see a goat drinking cows milk? Or a goat drinking any goat milk after their a kid? Nope.
And whatever 'health' benefits you get from milk don't seem to be much.

Look at the 'Got Milk' campaign, it claims that milk gives you PLENTY of calcium. As in a whole days worth. The recommended daily allowance of calcium is approximately 800-1000 mg, although 1200 mg is ideal, according to the most recent update by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Calcium comprises a crucial aspect of human health. Not only is calcium needed for muscle contraction, but calcium lends to our bone structure, bone recovery (re-calcification), and bone health as well. In short, we need calcium to live. And a bunch of other vitamins and minerals but we're discussing milk here.

According to the "Not Milk" campaign, milk contains less calcium per given amount than other foods. Meaning, we could get better souces somewhere else than terrorize a poor cow by impregnating it time and time again just so you could get your grubby paws on a glass of milk. So this end of milk consuming is a health and animal rights issue with me. But I'm not saying all dairy farmers treat their cows bad, some do and either way the milk isn't helping me a bit.

I just think drinking cow's milk isn't natural for human beings. Which is why a good portion of humans are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance can result from two things: either through a natural enzyme deficiency, which prevents the body from digesting milk sugars, or through an allergy to milk itself. Thankfully I'm not lactose intolerant (because even if I give up milk, I'd still be eating other dairy products) but now plenty of people who are.

Hormones in my milk is another issue. (However if you buy organic than that's much better) Many dairy producers use rBGH as a way to increase milk production in their cows, resulting in up to 20% more production. However, the hormone causes udder inflammation in cows, which can lead to the contamination of the milk from secreted pus common in udder inflammation. Also, antibiotics used to treat inflammation have been discovered in trace amounts in the milk. Such contamination leads many people to wonder whether milk is safe for daily human consumption.

Overall, I'm not here to convert you to 'leave milk'-ism but just to share something new and tasty that I've tried out and enjoy :D Milk does do a lot of good and has some negative effects, (and is totally not necessary for a proper diet when there are other fruits and vegetables with much more calcium, but hey that's just my opinion)so thanks for reading this rather long post/rant! Have a nice day :D

Your Almondmilkdrinking Sister,


Mahdiya said...

As i understand it; yoghurt, cheese and milk are calcium RICH foods as opposed to just containing calcium. Yoghurt and cheese are both made of milk, so even if you don't drink the milk you're still getting it in one form or another.
Also, if you don't drink milk regularly through your growing years and when you're an adult then your bones become brittle etc, which can lead to arthritis and other problems when you're much older.
Finally, there are a lot of ahadith written about the pros of drinking milk. I can't remember the exact quote but when the prophet was offered wine, water and milk he chose the milk. It is filling and full of health benefits.
That said, i agree that forcefully impregnating cows is immoral and should not be done.

Ldn.Hijabi said...

I don't like milk. When I see it, I feel sick. I think it's that whole thing about it going off so quickly..

I cannot actually have milk in its standard form, especially not when it's cold..It has to be in tea, or mixed with A LOT of chocolate =D

Milk by itself repulses me...=|

Anonymous said...

u didn't know it was unnatural for humans to drink cow's milk? why, aren't you a full-blown somali? we drink CAMEL'S MILK ONLY!!!

also... i was waiting on a propper post for while, to laugh and joke about with you - and you gave me this science shit! in a bloody summer holiday! ARGH! i could KILL you now...

and wat's with your comment on my award to you? where's the "thanx walal" i was waiting on?

LOL... i need lunch, gettig too rowdy.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

I buy organic milk because I don't want my little Layla ingesting all those hormones. It still doesn't solve all the problems with cow's milk though.
So the real traditional Somali diet was mostly meat and camel's and goat's milk. I think that is also why Somalis have such high rates of type 2 diabetes now. The shaah, baasto, and bariis aren't so good for your people. Its not so easy to tell a stubborn Somali that they need to eat less carbs though. Take care walaal.

Mahdiya said...

I also found this:

'Abdullah bin Mas'oud narrated that God's Messenger SAW said: "Drink cow milk, for cows graze on every kind of plant." (Sunan)

Qur'an 16:66: And verily! In the cattle, there is a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies, from between excretions and blood, pure milk; palatable to the drinkers.

ModestJustice said...

Mahdiya: No worries, I was a milk drinker for the growing part of my years and am now just switching to Almond milk, plus one can take multivitamins and such. You have a lot of great points there, and I'm not dissing those who drink milk, I'm just trying to not be one :D But what about those who are lactose intolerant? (Hadith and Qur'an, don't worry I'm not a milk hater!!)

Ldn.Hijabi: I had a horrible incident with 'Real Californian Milk' once -shiver- But it tasted soo good D:

Sukkar: LOL, I love you girl, you continually crack me up! But I've never tried camel milk before, any good? And I did say thanks! But this weird guy named Adam thought I said it to him o_O?

Stacy aka Fahiima: Organic milk is great! We used to buy it a lot since my brothers aren't willing to submit to the almondy goodness. And a lot of somalis have type 2 diabetes, my father one of them! But I loovve my shaah, bariis and helab D: Hah I see what you mean by the stubborn somali >.> Thanks, I'll try :D

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ModestJustice said...

Noor: Sure sister! :D Insha'Allah I'll remember my password this time xD

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