Sunday’s New York Times had an interesting take on the debate around eating dairy. The author felt that it was simply unnecessary and for many of us, uncomfortable. I think I may love this man.
There is a lot of peer pressure to eat dairy and when a parent seems to be voluntarily removing it from their child’s diet there can be a lot of grief from friends and relatives. We fielded questions like “where will he get calcium?” and “why are you denying him ice cream” or “are you sure he can’t have any?”
And I had lab work showing that dairy was a problem. I can only imagine what other parents go through.
There are mammals who eat meat and eggs. There are mammals who eat plants. There are mammals who eat grains. No mammals besides humans consume milk of any kind past infancy. None. Your child does NOT need dairy…really.
If it makes you feel any better about your decision, the data in The China Study indicate that milk consumption is linked to higher incidences of heart disease and cancer. And that research is not isolated. If you don’t have time to read the book, you can check out the link to Forks Over Knives on Hulu on my earlier post.
So today I am just sharing his thoughts which, if nothing else, point out that taking dairy out of someone’s life is not a harmful act. It can be a great act of love.
And they sell awesome coconut milk ice cream these days.