May
31

Don’t Have a Cow!

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An old cowboy sidled into a tavern and ordered a glass of milk with a shot of whiskey.  The saloon keeper fixed the drink and put it on the bar.  Then, a young circuit-riding preacher entered.  It was a hot day and with a long ride ahead, the parson asked for a cold glass of milk to quench his thirst before going on his way.  The cowboy smiled and offered the clergyman his glass of milk, not informing the novice minister that it was spiked.  The cleric drank it down, placed the glass on the counter and proclaimed with a big grin on his face, “Lord, what a cow!”  Today, when it comes to diet, we are living in a time of detoxing, when what you don’t eat is now as defining as what you do eat.  First it was wheat (no gluten), now it’s milk (non-lactose) and you only have to look in today’s dairy milk section to see the many alternatives to the bovine’s udder (almond, cashew, coconut, hemp, rice, oat, soy, etc.) -  all viewed as still giving you the necessary calcium, but without the much higher amounts of (sugar, calories,  cholesterol) as found in regular milk.  However, all milks (lactose and non-lactose)  are still part of what is known as the “calcium paradox” i.e., why countries with the highest world dairy consumption also have the greatest levels of fractures and osteoporosis.  This is certainly not the way it is supposed to be, for from childhood we are all taught the same thing – calcium builds strong bones.

The bottom line?  I’m not a nutritionist, however, when it comes to “milk and honey” – just as God warns against too much honey, maybe the same goes with too much milk.  But whatever you do, don’t have a cow over it!

CHOCOLATE, THE NEW WHITE

In our health-conscious age, you would think that there is nothing better for you than a big, cold, glass of milk.  But the truth is, milk sales have dropped by 40% over the last 40 years.  There are three main reasons why:

Health – Scientific studies continue to associate too much milk with an increase in various ailments (which findings the dairy industry vehemently challenges).

Diet – A low carbohydrate/high protein emphasis means a lot less boxed cereal is being consumed, which was and continues to be one of the major uses of milk.

Lifestyle – Many today literally eat breakfast on the run (bars, pastries, sandwiches, beverages, etc.) instead of sitting down at the table for a bowl of porridge or cereal.

One attempt to reverse this trend has been the introduction of super milk over regular milk  (50% more protein, 30% more calcium, 50% less sugar) but it’s also twice the cost and so hasn’t found much sales success.  However, there is one milk that is bucking the trend, and that is chocolate.  Its sales are up (not among sweet-toothed children but world-class athletes).  The reason?  All dairy milk is made up mostly of water (87%), making it an excellent beverage to replace the fluids lost from exercise. Yet chocolate milk replenishes the electrolytes in the body at a greater rate than either white milk or sports drinks (even bettering Gator-Aid, the current best-selling choice). And chocolate milk has the same 16 essential nutrients, vitamin D, and calcium as any regular milk (plus less sugar than is naturally in unsweetened apple juice).  So, chocolate milk better for you than white milk – who would have ever thought that!