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Is the Dairy Industry Running Scared?

The word “milk” is taking a bit of a beating and the dairy industry wants it only used for animal milk.

There is continuing debate over the use of this word which I find quite fascinating.  Now the dictionary does define milk as being:

an opaque white fluid rich in fat and protein, secreted by female mammals for the nourishment of their young.

which, plainly obvious a cashew nut is not.

However, with the movement growing away from animal milk and towards plant-based milks, I think we’re getting to a point where the definition may have to be reduced to – a white liquid rich in fat and protein – and leave it at that.

It appears that those who want to keep the word only to mammals are calling any plant-based milk “imitation”.  They argue:

that plant-based milk products are nutritionally inferior substitutes for cow milk and therefore must be identified as “imitation” product.

Now I would vehemently disagree with that and argue that, in fact, plant-based milk is superior as it does not have the protein casein in it, the plant-based milk has a much better quality calcium and no animals are harmed in the milking!

Even the FDA have been asked to make a ruling.  Silly part is, that I believe soymilk and almond milk are excused from this debate and can continue to use the term.

I can’t imagine anyone confusing Rice Milk with Cow’s milk …. but hey, stranger things have happened.

Source: FDA Law Blog

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Fee



Milk Companies Are Just Getting Desperate

I haven’t really talked much about the dairy industry and the different types of milk that’s on offer, mainly because I know that most of my readers still use dairy.

Plus the fact it’s like “where do I start”?  There are so many dairy products out there, that I’m just glad I don’t have it because I wouldn’t know where to begin choosing which milk would be right for me.

However, I recently learned about a new product that’s been launched that has me shaking my head with skepticism …. which meant, I felt the need to blog.

Currently there has been quite a dramatic drop in the consumer purchase of dairy which is effectively creating a downturn in the dairy industry.  This appears to be happening world wide.

So dairy companies are trying to come up with ways to increase market share and this latest thing just cracked me up!
“Sleep-boosting dark milk” coming from a New Zealand company.  Something that’s not too new as scientists in Finland have been working on this and it’s also now available in Britain.

It appears that if you milk the cows after sunset and before sunrise, the milk produces a higher level of the hormone melatonin which is known to help regulate sleep.
Oh, the shed has to be dark as well.

This melatonin found in the milk after dark can be upwards of 10 times higher than that found in day time milk.

So let’s see.  Our choice of milks here in New Zealand are:

  • Fat free
  • Added calcium
  • Added protein
  • Lactose free
  • Help you to sleep
  • Organic
  • Full cream

That covers a vast array of consumers doesn’t it?

My feeling is that milk is no longer “straight from the cow”.  It is bastardized until it’s pretty much unrecognizable, all for the health of the consumers … well, that’s what they want you to think.  What I think is that it’s all for the profit.

I have a whole chapter on milk in my Nutrition book where I talk about calcium, wrote the book before this new type of milk came out … I’ll have to include it when I do the update.  (not that it makes much difference – animal milk isn’t as good for you as it’s made out to be – so I recommend plant milk).

And, one last thing ….. what about the poor cows having to be milked in the dark?  Spare a thought for them!
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Fee

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