Just the other day when I was at the supermarket, I overheard a husband who was on the phone with his wife, trying to decide which brand of milk to pick up from the fridge. I can’t say for sure I know the exact right brand to buy, but a little research and “sharing” by the aunties working at the mart does tell me that HL is not the brand to look for if you want “fresh milk”. Well, because it’s not exactly “fresh milk” from the cow as they claimed HL uses part powdered milk in their concoction.
Well, the guy picked up two cartons of HL eventually.
Milk is almost like rice. The society can’t do without milk. Our little ones survive on milk and grow on milk. Not just human babies, but most other mammals too. So should we have a problem with milk? Or should I say, do we have a problem with our cows?
So What’s in your cow?
Unless you’re buying milk from pastured cows from a small organic farmer, modern cow’s milk production usually involves raising cows in feedlots and feeding them grains.
Cows, like humans, have a nine month gestation period and lactate only when they’ve recently given birth.
In the past, dairy farmers would allow cows a seasonal reproductive cycle, and birth was planned in sync with the new grass of spring. This way, the mother had lots of nutritious grazing and time to replenish nutrient stores. Grazing, by the way, is healthier for cows since grass is what the bovine digestive system is built for.
In contrast, industrial production involves giving cows grain along with various substances designed to enhance milk production. More grain means more rumen (stomach) acidity, more thirst, diluted milk and ruminal acidosis. Acidosis leads to ulcers, infectious bacteria, inflammation and growth of E. coli.
So, along with your milk nutrients, you might be getting a whole lot of other stuff in your milk that may not suit your body.
If not milk, what other stuff can we drink?
I will share with you some possible milk alternatives in the next post. Watch out for it!