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Re: Soke's Diet

Subject: Re: Soke's Diet
by Cuchulain on 2008/4/28 17:16:25

I have no idea if the science behind the 'milk is bad' theory is sound, but the reasoning I've heard for it in the past is twofold.

The first is that human beings are the only mammal to drink the milk of another mammal and that cow's milk is designed for the digestive systems of baby cows. Our digestive systems don't deal with it well, and it makes many people produce too much mucus. (On a side note, I've been able to significantly reduce the amount of asthma-related drugs I have to take as a result of reducing the dairy products I take in. Given that many asthma related-drugs are mood altering and have unpleasant side effects over time, that's a good enough reason for me to avoid dairy.)

The other theory regarding milk I've heard is not that it's bad as such, but rather that the main reason people promote it - because of it's calcium content - is a red herring. The theory is that calcium is required to give you strong bones, but the body is designed to produce calcium itself from the foods we ingest - primarily green leafy vegetables. Ingesting calcium in a drink apparently doesn't mean your body can assimilate and use that calcium in that form. I've heard similar arguments against taking vitamin supplements - the best way to get vitamins and minerals is through eating a healthy and varied diet, predominently made up of fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meat and lots of water to wash it down.

As I said, I'm not a dietician, so if there is a factual flaw in what I've written, I'd be interested to hear about it.
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