At one time, my friend who opposes milk consumption asked me a simple question: “You know what? Can you name any kind of animal stupid enough to drink the milk of another kind?” A very good question indeed. Over the past decades – even centuries –milk has grown into an industry which has made us believe that milk and other dairy products are the most important nutrients, the basics for our health, and the main sources of calcium.
It has also convinced us that calcium is the most important of all minerals for child development and to make sure our kids eat and drink enough calcium. In some countries, kindergartens and schools have milk instead of water as a lunch drink. It is also worth thinking about how healthy cow's milk can be when it's produced under farm conditions (think of a cow producing 80 liters per day). Having a cow in a household, producing 1-2 liters per day, is another thing. I really think that the previous cow’s milk is mainly water full of antibiotics, chemicals and God knows what else. However, all of my guesses do not answer the question: do we, as humans, need to drink milk? The answer is short and to the point: we don’t. No, no and again, no.
Why? Because it is a possible cause of diabetes, diseases of the nervous system and cancer. One thing is for sure; it does not give us strong bones.
I am sorry if I seem too cheerful. This is a very serious issue and it is crucial for women who are unable to breastfeed their babies. Let’s take a deeper, wiser look on the topic.
Nutrition specialists and scientists put the diary products as second most important nutrients what we shall consume daily. One part and a big part of diary products are: milk, yoghurt, cream, sour cream or cottage cheese. The best way is to avoid all these in our nutrition. If we are unable to give them up, we have to make sure that no one in our family is allergic to milk or has lactose intolerance. These are not the same thing. In case of milk allergy, we must get rid of any type of milk and dairy products. In case of lactose intolerance, we only have to switch to lactose-free products. My suggestion is – with the exception of butter and cheese – to get rid of all dairy products.
Why to keep butter and cheese. Most of the cheese during the process loses all the unhealthy disadvantage, although keeps very important nutrients such as Calcium. Mozzarella is one of the best Calcium source. Calcium is the most important macro nutrient. Apart diary products there are other solution to get the daily dose. Especially as Milk is not the best Calcium source.
Butter is always a topic of discussion. As I chef I can not turn my back against butter. It is a great ingredient. And although there is serious concern about fat consistence and gaining weight. I would just think the French croissant society where they are healthy and live longer. Butter and Ghi with moderation is needed in our kitchen.
When doctor diagnosed lactose intolerance at my son, he was disappointed and feeling himself very different from others. I explained him how paleo-diet funs things about milk. I said to him: “… that you are actually the good one. At origin we did not have the tolerance to drink milk. We ate meat and berries. Our body was not prepared to digest it properly. It is just the last 1000 years that we are expecting our body to modify. And let’s be honest modification on the evolution is not easy. Imagine, how much time took, to become human from monkey?... So you are the real human, who has a strong genetical background.” He was happy to hear those words. And I just changed the diary products to lactose free ones. With the time his intolerance became better, because he consume less diary products. In our home we are drinking very very few milk. We eat a lot of different cheese and use regularly butter. We make our own yoghurt with a small and great yoghurt maker, but we only eat yoghurt ones a week. There are so many other great ingredients for the rest of the week.