In a very confident sounding headline, the FDA has dropped the bombshell that non-dairy milks may not be ‘milk’ after all. (hard-hitting journalism always uses wishy-washy language!)
Yes, it’s true. It might all be a fraud.
The FDA describes milk as “the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.” That definition doesn’t leave room for vegan alternatives to call themselves “milk,” though a number of products on the market do.
(And interestingly, doesn’t leave room for the white stuff lactated out of goats, sheep, humans or any other mammal to be called milk, either.)
But hey, at least it’s a white liquid!
It will look pretty much the same when you put in on your sugary cereal, or in your gross coffee. Or maybe you’ll even drink it!
Especially since all they have to do is add a few things to it and it’s exactly the same thing. Food is just that simple!
They go on:
Non-dairy milks, including soy, almond, rice and coconut milk, are juices from nuts, seeds, grains and legumes that may be fortified with vitamins and minerals to deliver the equivalent nutrient profile and sometimes taste and consistency of cow’s milk.
What are they going to tell us next? That veggie burgers aren’t really meat??
Are we really meant to drink milk, anyway?
I get it. You can make an argument that humans aren’t meant to drink milk anymore once they turn 2 years old; that it’s not natural. You can argue that it’s weird to drink the milk of another animal; that we aren’t designed for it.
And you might be right!
Cow milk, goat milk, sheep milk, camel milk. They might all be super unhealthy for people. Or they might be nature’s perfect food! There are arguments on both sides.
Who knows? Nature does all kinds of thins that are weird. Watch Planet Earth. Anything is possible.
The naysayers that claim milk drinking to be unnatural need to be prepared to go all the way.
Agriculture is far from natural. We didn’t evolve to eat huge amounts of grain, vegetables bred for high sugar levels (carrots, etc.) Keeping livestock isn’t natural. Neither is high-fructose corn-syrup. The food pyramid. And on and on.
(not to mention houses, cars, Game of Thrones, Netfilx bingeing, electricity, wireless radiation, vitamin-fortified soybean ‘milk,’ and so on…)
We are meant to be rooting around for nuts, seeds and berries. And running down wild animals until they collapse from exhaustion. We are meant to be outside, feet in the earth, bodies in the sun, lounging, laughing, playing, loving, singing, dancing.
ALL OF WHICH SOUND PERFECTLY FINE!