Nothing to Cry Over : April 03, 2008

Nothing to Cry Over
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Date: 04.02.08 10:36pm
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Nothing to Cry Over

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In many cultures of the world, especially the Western world, humans continue to consume milk beyond infancy, using the milk of other animals (in particular, cows) as a food product. For millennia, cow milk has been processed into dairy products such as cream, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and especially the more durable and easily transportable product, cheese. Industrial science has brought us casein, whey protein, lactose, condensed milk, powdered milk, and many other food-additive and industrial products.

Humans are an exception in the natural world for consuming milk past infancy. Most humans lose the ability to fully digest milk after childhood (that is, they become lactose intolerant). The sugar lactose is found only in milk, forsythia flowers, and a few tropical shrubs. The enzyme needed to digest lactose, lactase, reaches its highest levels in the small intestines after birth and then begins a slow decline unless milk is consumed regularly.

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Colin   04.03.08 6:42pm  
I've read a theory that lactose intolerance is an evolutionary means to wean off milk (and grow up, blah blah). But we all know evolution and "theories" are bogus (science: pfft) so forget that noise!

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