Has Milk Become Poison?
There is ongoing debate about the healthfulness of milk and dairy. Dairy is often categorized with meat as an unhealthy food, causing disease. This apparent conflict has mostly to do with the methods of raising livestock and the processing of milk. Some people do not have the enzymes to digest milk and dairy because their ancestors did not. South Korea has only recently developed the taste for dairy due to contact with the West and is importing dairy herds. Many people of Asian and African heritage are lactose-intolerant.
Humans are the only mammals who continue to consume milk and milk products into adulthood. Children who are not breastfed often have trouble digesting milk as adults.
Symbol of Goodness
Pasteurization has reduced the quality of dairy. Our dairy products are also homogenized and refrigerated for long periods of time, and injected with additives, including salt, sugar, artificial flavors and colors. The vitamins A and D added to milk usually come from fish-liver oil, so milk is often not even vegetarian. A recent Harvard study suggests industrial farmed milk causes cancer. German studies have suggested that homogenization is the culprit in milk causing leaky gut syndrome.
Ayurvedic Recommendations for Milk
Ayurveda says dairy mixes well with sweet fruits, starchy vegetables and whole grains. Milk should not be mixed with yogurt, salt, meat and fish, yeast breads, nuts and sour fruit.
More and more small,local dairies are cropping up, raising pastured, organically fed, well-treated cows, and producing quality milk and dairy. Support your local farmers and your local cows!
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