You never thought that drinkinghuman cow's milk for food - a somewhat unusual phenomenon in nature? In a number of modern countries, cow's milk is still considered a rare and highly harmful product for humans. So, in some areas of China, the older generation of people is suspicious of dairy products, believing that lactose adversely affects digestion. How useful or harmful is the use of milk and dairy products?
- 1 When did a person start consuming cow's milk?
- 2 Is it good to drink milk?
- 3 What nations do not drink milk?
- 4 Is there a future for cow's milk?
When did a person start consuming cow's milk?
About 10 thousand years ago, when a person begandomesticate animals, in the diet of former hunters and gatherers, a real revolution took place. It is not known who exactly decided that milk of other animals can be eaten, however, the “invention” of an unnamed ancient man is still actively used in Europe, North America and a number of countries scattered around the world.
Is it good to drink milk?
Milk contains a special type of sugar undercalled lactose, which is different from the sugar found in fruits and other sweet foods. The body of a newborn baby produces a special enzyme that allows the baby to digest lactose in mother's milk. However, immediately after the child’s body is gradually becoming stronger, enzyme production in the body completely stops. Without this useful enzyme, we cannot properly digest lactose in milk. As a result, its use leads to flatulence, cramps and diarrhea.
It is difficult to understand the fact why evolution decided that without lactose enzymes it would be more comfortable for our organisms to develop in nature. But do you argue with her?
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What nations do not drink milk?
Despite the fact that the use of milk is extremelywidespread throughout the world, there are entire countries whose inhabitants do not fully tolerate lactose. By the way, most of these countries are Asian. Why so?
It turns out that most Europeanpeoples who gradually colonized a large part of the world, resistance to lactose is still there. Its appearance is due to a very specific mutation, which occurred about 4300 years ago in the cells of an ancient person. The mutation captured the cattle-breeding tribes that at that time lived in Europe. The population of Asia in those distant times was engaged in agriculture, crop production and fishing, which is why their gene for lactose tolerance simply could not be formed. So, such modern countries as China, Japan and Vietnam carefully and successfully avoid the use of dairy products precisely because of the lack of a special gene in their bodies that allows them to drink cow's milk without poisoning and pain.
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Is there a future for cow's milk?
Nowadays, more and more people areall over the world make their choice in favor of vegetable milk. So, today the demand for soy, oat and almond milk is growing, which are recognized as much more dietary than cow. In addition, according to official statistics, young people are increasingly choosing the plant species of this drink, while the older population of the planet prefers to use milk of animal origin. Despite this fact, researchers believe that cow’s milk, which is familiar to the eye and our taste buds, will not leave stores at all soon. In particular, it is in it that you can find a large number of useful trace elements that no plant substitute can ever boast of.