Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Smelly Media: White Liquid Called Milk

A study in Milk

A study indeed.

As the joke goes, foreigners can feel truly at home in Finland once they have
contracted local ailments and allergies, such as lactose intolerance.
And as the Finnish joke goes, from a Finnish friend:

"CompanyX destroyed Finns health"

CompanyX is a dairy company selling dairy products with the crap processed out of them.

Dispelling the myth, facts indicate that foreigners do not develop lactose
intolerance in Finland as much as discover it.
What if it is "processed milk" intolerance. Milk that is processed to the degree that it is not much better from the "White paint" sold in Bauhaus?

But no, it is the lactose.

I am well aware that many people lack the enzyme for lactose, but what happens here cannot be solely explained by simple lactose intolerance.

Foreigners arriving in Finland quite often marvel at the proportion
of the Finnish population that surely has to be lactose intolerant in order
to require all these provisions.
Until they start farting like a mad cow.

Also, some foreigners find themselves lactose intolerant here.

So they find they are intolerant, not that they turned intolerant. Now read the next sentence:

Angelina Santana has never had trouble with milk in her native Mexico,
but she has learnt to embrace low-lactose products in Finland.
It is not like milk was unknown to her. Maybe there is something in this milk over here, compared to Mexico, where you still might find some liquid resembling milk?

Experts agree: genetics are responsible for lactose intolerance. This would
indicate that the people who have developed lactose intolerance in Finland
were in fact intolerant already. They just didn’t know about it.
I grew up on milk from farmers and never had the extensive problems I had here.

Here, like mentioned above, I end up farting like a mad cow.

“I think the main reason is that we consume so much dairy products here in
Finland that it comes up that a person has lactose intolerance,” says
nutritionist Anne Pohju from the Finnish Dairy Nutrition Council. “We
drink milk here on par with any normal drink, and it’s not the norm in other
I disagree. A glass of milk for a lactose intolerant causes problems already. It is not the excessive quantity but the quality/chemistry of the milk that matters.

She also points out that milk products are healthy, affordable and come in a
wide variety in Finland. Shops offer milk, sour cream, buttermilk, different
types of quarks, yoghurts. Milk products became an important part of
Angelina’s diet.

Highly likely she has no problem with joghurt or cheese. And claiming that Finns consume more dairy than others is an insult to both my ancestries who have perfected cheese making and joghurt making, and eating.

Stop. they are talking about milk.

But milk is not the same as cheese or joghurt, or kefir.

The milk on the shelves is dead. The others, some of the milk products,  are alive.

No ready answers
I have.

The same company that funded this study, or provided their experts for the article, also sells organic milk. the special thing about this milk is not that is is organic, but that it is not homogenized.

Almost everybody that I knew who had a lactose intolerance, or so they thought, had no more problems once they switched over to this product. The only exemptions were the ones who also have problems with joghurt and cheese.

However, experts stress the need to stay away from sweeping generalisations.
Yeah, generalizations like

"Raw milk is living and healthy" (that is my opinion)
"Do not process the shit out of my milk"
"Try unprocessed milk"
"Try milk from free range animals"
"The problem may be in the processing of the milk"

Nay. We cannot say them.

But we can say:

"We processed the crap out of the milk, and now you cannot handle it, so drink of our even more processed milk"

Create problem,
Offer solution.

Create bigger problem,
Offer more expensive solution.


Links to ponder:

hawaiianlibertarian.blogspot.com  (related topics are in between)

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