MILK – LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

MILK – LACTOSE INTOLERANCE

Milk is a popular drink among the general public, possibly due to powerful marketing campaigns that state benefits such as protection from osteoporosis; however, there are more factors than meet the eye when evaluating milk, especially for adults. One survey of adults showed that water was the most popular drink, with 215 litres consumed per year, followed by soft drinks 150 litres, coffee 106 litres, beer 94 litres, tea 28 litres, juices 23 litres, wine and spirits 14 litres, and milk 82 litres per year. The total of all these drinks equals approx.2 litres per day and as 2.1 litres of pure water alone is required by the body for proper functioning (kidneys, evaporation, food oxidation, during sleep) in a cold climate, it is clear that insufficient water is obtained, on average, per day, per person.

The daily ‘average’ milk consumption is approx.220ml per day, per adult; the equivalent of the milk added to 5 cups of tea or coffee. This amount of milk is not considered excessive but the kidneys may suffer from a poor supply of ‘pure’ water, as tea, coffee, milk, soft drinks, beer, etc. require filtration by the kidneys.

POSSIBLE DETRIMENTAL FACTORS

1. Over consumption.

2. Lactose intolerance.

3. Teenage acne.

4. Homogenisation/Pasteurisation.

5. Calcium content/Iron content.

6. Respiratory disorders.

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Over consumption of cow’s milk may easily occur in teenagers and the elderly due to the advertising campaigns that promote milk. Teenagers may consume over 1 litre of milk per day thinking it is necessary for their growth. Milk often takes the place of other important foods that are necessary for growth. Milk satisfies the appetite quickly and is available at every local store. For the elderly, milk is promoted for prevention of osteoporosis and brittle bones, but other factors are important for strong bones: moderate regular sunlight and exercise, plus the minerals magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, which are undersupplied by milk. Only humans drink milk after the infancy stage; animals survive on other foods.

Lactose intolerance is a very common problem with milk consumption. Lactose is the sugar portion of milk, it is a disaccharide—glucose and galactose. No other food contains lactose. It is the perfect food for infants: mother’s milk contains approx.75g of lactose per litre; cow’s milk supplies 45g per litre.

The enzyme lactase in the small intestine is usually active in children up to the age of approx.5 years and then progressively slows down. Without the enzyme lactase, milk will not be digested properly and the common condition of ‘lactose intolerance’ may develop. One survey showed that 15% of white Americans and 70% of Afro-Americans in the United States had lactose intolerance. Over 80% of all people from Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand and many Arab countries are ‘lactose intolerant’ or ‘lactase deficient’. People from Switzerland and Denmark have approx.5% ‘lactose intolerance’.

Undigested lactose ferments in the colon by bacterial action, causing carbon dioxide ‘gas’ and lactic acid, possibly resulting in flatulence, cramps, and diarrhoea. Everybody has a different lactose tolerance. Decide for your own health whether it’s worth all that ‘gas’ to drink milk from a cow.

Teenage acne may result from excess milk protein (casein) as it may overstimulate the thyroid gland, general metabolism and the secretion of hormones. Also milk may contain traces of hormones as residue from the cow’s diet. The fat content of milk after pasteurisation is not beneficial as it does not contain the ‘essential fatty acids’, plus it contains saturated fats which can enter the bloodstream before filtration by the lymphatic system Another common problem is due to the hormone progesterone contained in milk from pregnant cows. About 80% of all cow’s milk is derived from pregnant cows. Progesterone is broken down into androgens which promote premature sexual development and hormone production. Research has shown teenage acne was reduced remarkably when milk drinking was stopped. The bacteria produced from milk digestion is also a problem. Avoid milk if you have a teenage skin problem!

Try a freshly made carrot juice every three days for the best skin cleansing and anti-acne drink. Three cheers for the carrot!

NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.

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