In the land of Milk and Honey (or Los Angeles)- all is not sweet!
Everyone seems to be excited and talking about milk and honey shoes, but health conscious folks are concerned more about hormones and pollutants showing up in the milk supply rather than if custom wedding shoes match the theme of the event. Not only are contaminants scary to think about -frankly, cow’s milk isn’t even a properly balanced food . Trying to sweeten the pot with honey? – well that might not be the answer either. Read on to find out why.
Milk is not just cold white goodness. The milk of every animal is unique and specifically tailored to the requirements of that species. For example, cows’ milk has more protein in it than human milk does. Three to four times as much, and has five to seven times the mineral content. Minerals are important – check out www.ivitaminscience.com if you want to read about that. However, cow’s milk is markedly deficient in essential fatty acids when compared to human milk. Mothers’ milk has six to ten times as much of the essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid. (Incidentally, skimmed cow’s milk has no linoleic acid). We need these essential fatty acids to keep our waistlines tight, our muscles strong, and our circulation and energy healthy.
What’s all that powder on your nose (LA reference)- I mean feet, little bees?
It’s plant pollen! Now plant pollens have distinctive fatty acid profiles dominated by linoleic, linolenic, myristic and dodecanoic acids. These are all very healthy for the bees and they also would be good in milk. But I don’t see any people out there gathering pollen, most of us are running from it trying not to sneeze our heads off! So, what about honey?
Sweet Nector of the Gods
In honey, Palmitic and oleic acids were respectively found in relative good concentrations, but only small amounts of lauric, stearic, and linoleic acids. So if you are trying to get your essential fatty acids by adding honey to milk, you probably aren’t going to get much accomplished except satisfying your sweet tooth, and causing frequent trips to the bathroom for that lactose insufficiency problem.
OOh Baby Baby
It is a good idea to keep species specific nutrition in mind when it comes to feeding our children milk. We must always try to breast feed if possible because of the proper ratios of protein, and nutrients – including fatty acids. Plus it is a great bonding experience, and sets children off on the right foot, keeping them from getting infections and making them grow fast!
Got Milk and Mischief?
We should be careful what we are feeding our babies, or even adults who act like babies! Lindsay Lohan has got milk, and also a pissed off judge to deal with. We may need to keep an eye on her. Now for the rest of us adults – let’s skip the cow’s milk, and all the drama, and bring on the BEEF! I know all those cattle are out there mooing saying, “please eat more chicken” and “go vegetarian!”
Time for some milk, pollen and cookies, (and a lactaid)
Dr. Darrin Frye, MD (the timemastermd)