Amazing post. Based on true scientific evidence vs. unfounded truth.
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Milk is a big accident.🥛 Like any other mammal, a human infant drinks her mother's milk—digesting the lactose in it provides her main source of energy.⚡ By age 4 or 5, her body slows its production of lactase, the enzyme that allows for this digestive process. The evolutionary purpose? To wean a child off the breast so the next newborn can nurse without competition. Across all mammals, this passage is the same—we stop drinking milk past infancy and our bodies become 'lactose-intolerant' for life.⠀
But around 10,000 B.C., this all changed. A genetic mutation occurred, somewhere near Turkey, that turned the lactase-production gene on full-time. Humans who carried this mutation could drink milk far beyond infancy, for their whole lives. Within a few thousand years, this mutation spread throughout Eurasia, Africa, and the Middle East. In an evolutionary eye-blink, some 80% of Europeans became milk drinkers.⠀
Fast forward through the agricultural revolution, the discovery of pasteurization, the invention of the glass milk botttle, the era of the milkman, to modern marketing and the infamous ‘got milk?’ campaign that propelled this simple substance into a global commodity and the only ‘food’ that has its own category on the pyramid. Somewhere along the way, we were told to equate milk with calcium, milk with bones, milk with health, but looking back, milk deserves no more special status than pumpkin seeds for being high in magnesium.⠀
Whether or not you drink milk isn’t the question. Rather—ask why. Why do we, time and time again, allow certain foods to be elevated into ‘superfood’ status? How has culture dictated the things we choose for ‘health’ on the basis of unfounded ‘truth’?⠀
And if you are one of the 75% of the human population who is lactose-intolerant, rest assured you're not alone and you’re just not a baby cow. 🐮🙃