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Very well written. I was particularly interested in the section about pre-natal exposure to cow's milk (from the pregnant woman drinking it) can cause an increased risk of breast cancer later in life.
I like that Mark does not take a hard and fast stance on this, allowing people to make up their own minds. But for me it just makes intuitive sense. Milk is designed to be for a specific phase in life. Just because your ancestors gave you the genetic mutation that allows you to consume it without any major ill effects that are apparent, doesn't mean that it is beneficial or even really safe to do so in the long run.
Milk is one of the very few foods that's designed to be a food. The fact that its target audience is limited does not put it behind the 99% of foods that have no target audience at all.
Milk may be good or it may be bad; but the fact that it's not specifically designed for adults tells us nothing about the answer either way. Because neither is anything else.
Carrots and anchovies and all the things humans evolved eating are just there. Nature worked it out.
Milk is unique. It's found in mammal females and is there to provide what a growing young mammal needs for a finite period of time. Milk is not a carrot or anchovy that is in the ground or swimming around that any other creature just comes along and consumes. Evolution happened with milk as a temporary source of nutrition.
Milk pretty much entered the human diet when animals were domesticated. That's not Primal. Today it gets separated, skimmed, pasteurized, and sometimes contaminated with hormones.
I quit because my doctor was insistent. I was in his office for insulin resistance, thyroid, and adrenal fatigue. Exact quote from my doc, "milk is poison, for YOU."
That doesn't apply to everyone else, but it's not like I'm the only one either.
That doesn't make them a bad food for adult humans. Milk and egg yolks have to be evaluated according to their nutritional content and their effects on human metabolism, not according to the target audience they were originally designed for.
There's some evidence that milk is harmful (and some evidence that it's healthful — at least the full-fat, raw, grass-fed variety). But either way it has nothing to do with the fact that it wasn't specifically designed for adult humans. That's all I'm saying.
Yeah but you could argue that Grok and Co likely evolved gathering eggs too. They would have been easier to get than following some mammal around with a coconut shell going "stand still Bessie..."
I'm not sure to what extent that's true. There are non-agricultural nomads in Asia that milk wild horses. It takes some skill and technique, but no more skill or technique than effectively hunting various types of wild game.They would have been easier to get than following some mammal around with a coconut shell going "stand still Bessie..."
Last edited by maurile; 06-16-2011 at 09:32 AM.
Well, people tended to eat anything that didn't eat them first, so I'm not sure about that argument. Some people deal with milk well--some don't. I have milk issues, but I've learned that raw milk and cheese work for me (so far anyway), and that fermenting milk makes it pretty edible for adults around the world. It's no coincidence that many cultures around the world consume soured milk products--there must be a reason.