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Are humans meant to digest dairy?

Yogurt, Cheese, Milk- are we supposed to be eating this? I have a crazy co-worker who is insisting that we lack the enzymes to break down dairy. I have heard of lactose intolerance, but is this applicable to the rest of us as well?

Tue. Aug 29, 3:11pm

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no no a million times no.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:12 PM

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i should clarify. yes drink milk if you want to and are able. no to your last question, it is not applicable to everyone.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:14 PM

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My anscestors likely would not have been able to survive in the areas they lived in if they had not been able to digest milk and dairy products in general. They lived in inhospital climates where farming was difficult, the growing season was short and uncertain and herd animals were their livlihood. However you can't raise enough animals in that climate to be able to butcher them often, so they depended on the milk of those animals for food. It was high in fat, protein and calcium and that's what was needed to make up for the deficiencies in their diet.

So I do not 'get' the whole "humans are not evolved to digest dairy" argument. It is poosible that SOME humans did not evovle that way because they lived in areas where dairy was not a regular component in their diet. It is equally possible that some did - humans have been raising herd animals since before recorded history after all. It is really irritating when one takes an argument like that and attempts to apply it generally over a huge and diverse popluation.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:42 PM

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I've seen a published estimate that 75% of the world adult population is lactase enzyme deficient (thus, lactose intolerant). The frequency of the genetic variants differs enormously by ethnicity - lactose intolerance is pretty much universal among Native Americans but very uncommon in natives of Sweden, for example
Whether we are "meant" to have, be, or do anything is more of a religious question. Consensus is, shall we say, unlikely.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:43 PM

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Raw milk

Raw milk doesn't lack the enzymes. When it gets pasteurized is when many people often lose their ability to digest milk properly.

Find a reputable dairy farm that is certified and maybe enjoy raw milk/cheeses/yogurt. 'course it's high in fat, so best in moderation, but at least healthy for you.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 3:45 PM

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