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Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

Very interesting! I grew up on a farm. Come from a long line of farmers on both my mother's and father's side. And still visit farms regularly to buy food. Never once have I seen an animal drink from any animal other than it's own. Not saying it doesn't happen. There are exceptions to everything, of course. But this farm girl has never witnessed it.

May 14, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Do you remember the first dish you ever cooked?

Rice. In my first apartment, when I was 19. My mother talked me through it over the phone! Pretty sad, lol.

May 13, 2010
ohiokavr in Home Cooking

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

And neither did I. But, apparently, that is what many here insist on reading.

May 13, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Why do vegetarians want to eat meat flavoured stuff?

I am one vegetarian who IS repulsed by the taste of meat, as well as the texture and look of faux meat products. I understand that there are many who gave up meat for ethical or health reasons, not because they hated the way meat tastes, looks, smells, and feels. I do. The thought of eating a fake hot dog or hamburger makes me gag!

May 13, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Do you make your own salad dressing?

3:1 olive oil: basalmic vinegar with parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Simple and delicious! I've never purchased bottled dressing since being taught this.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in Home Cooking

What is Your Daily Food Routine?

I have a protein bar and a cup of coffee for breakfast every morning, and have for many years. Breakfast is one meal I don't want to have to think about!

For lunch, I always have fresh fruit and rotate between hummus & pita bread, PB sandwiches, and cheese with crackers.

I plan my dinner menus a month in advance. As a busy mom, it works really well for me. This week we are having spinach lasagna 2x, veggie quesadillas 2x, stir fry veggies & rice, Subway on Thursday (martial arts night), and homemade pizza on Friday.

Snacks vary depending on hunger, lol. Although I keep almonds and grapes around at all times. I find the small pieces are good for the hand-to-mouth craving that sets in when I get anxious.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

You raise a very good question about the studies. I don't know that they are broken down by ethnicity at all. I can only say that from an evolutionary standpoint, having descended from the cultures that brought us livestock domestication, you carry the genes that enable lactose digestion. From that standpoint only, I would say that you stand to develop less digestive problems from dairy than the other groups mentioned. Beyond that - for instance, whether you are more immune to the cancer and heart disease that has been linked to dairy - I do not know.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

The point is, why would we think our bodies need milk to survive? If consuming dairy makes you happy, go for it! Ice cream and cheesecake certainly do make life a little more enjoyable for those who aren't lactose intolerant. I'm simply pointing out that consuming them isn't natural, and therefore we shouldn't be surprised to find that they can wreak havoc with the human body.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

Paulj, you are correct. Human beings first began domesticating livestock in Europe thousands of years ago, and over time, those of European ancestry evolved to produce the lactase enzyme that enables lactose digestion. Those not of European descent lack this enzyme. Which is why most Asians, Hispanics, African Americans, Native Americans, etc. are lactose intolerant.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

Consider for a minute what dairy is.

Mammals produce milk for one reason: to feed their infants. Once an animal passes the infancy stage and is able to digest regular food, it no longer drinks its mother's milk. No animal in nature drinks another species' milk. Why do humans do it? It doesn't make biological sense that the human body would need another species' milk to survive or live healthy lives.

Dairy foods do contain nutrients that are beneficial to the human body. However, those nutrients are easily obtained from sources other than dairy products. Calcium, for example, is found in dark, leafy green vegetables. Protein is abundant in whole grain foods, legumes, etc...

The increase in people being diagnosed with milk allergies, lactose interolance, etc. is bringing to light this simple fact: human beings' bodies are not designed to drink milk created for infant cows. When we look at the issue from a biology based viewpoint, it becomes clear.

May 12, 2010
ohiokavr in General Topics