I find myself in a position where I’m currently unable to consume any cheese or most milk products. This leads me to an interesting point. A lot of new research is contradicting previous common knowledge that milk is a healthy and therefore necessary part of our daily diet. To quote a part of this article from nerdfitness.com creator Steve Kamb:
Dairy’s a tough one, as most Paleo folks tend to stay away from it – a portion of the world is lactose intolerant, and those that aren’t usually have at least some type of an aversion to it. Why is that? Because no other animal in the entire kingdom drinks milk beyond infancy. Hunter-gatherers didn’t lug cows around with them while traveling – milk was consumed as a baby, and that was it. As with grains, our bodies weren’t designed for massive dairy consumption.
The man himself seems to be split on the issue and I so am I. Personally, I like cheese, especially the kind native to Germany & Switzerland. But that’s a rare treat indeed and I digress.
For a more detailed view, you check out the definitive guide to dairy, which incidentally the nerdfitness.com article also links to. It’s a long article, so a warning in advance for those with short attention span. But it explains the whole milk controversy (incl. lactose intolerance) quite well. Look at east Asia: until being invaded by the west almost all the most of the population there didn’t consume any milk products, because they’d never seen a cow before. And yet they were healthier than most. I say east Asia as the south had no shortage of milk (cows, buffaloes, goats).
Tl;dr: your body doesn’t need milk or milk products, unless you are a child. No harm in having if you aren’t lactose intolerant. Cheese in particular though isn’t exactly the healthiest of foods, especially if it is of the highly processed mass marketed kind.
The problem is that a lot of people don’t know this. The dairy industry may have a vested interest in keeping it that way just like the oil industry doesn’t want to let go of it’s monopoly on the fuel market.
Well I’m letting you know. Spread the word.