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milkman-2POSTED BY THE VEGAN HUSBAND

There are people who read this blog who think that all of us here at Suzanne Kasparson Inc. are milk haters. I don’t know where you got that idea, but you are flat out wrong. In fact, I would be tempted to say that people who feel that way are off their rockers. But the young hipsters who read this blog have no idea what the expression “off their rockers” even means. So I won’t say that.

What I will say is that I’ve been drinking milk and enjoying it for a really long time. Back in the day, we drank milk with every meal. As a youngster, I had a glass of milk with a teaspoon of Hershey’s chocolate syrup in it before bed every night. When I got older, I switched to a sweetened coffee-milk drink that my grandmother introduced me to that was about ninety percent milk. For years, I drank a glass of that (and sometimes two) every night.

For some strange reason, my parents used to drink Carnation Instant Skim Milk from powder. Just add water! The Nestle company is still making it today. And, while “it’s great to take along camping or whenever traveling,” I don’t think coffee or chocolate would help it much.

There is a lot about milk that you probably don’t know. Were you aware that a cow produces ninety glasses of milk per day? Or that milk is actually 85 to 95% water? Conversely, seal milk is over 50% fat. Talk about rich! But, even if a person is lactose intolerant, they can still drink camel milk.

If you go to gotmilk.com, you will see what appears to be an astronaut pouring a glass of low fat milk for a child of indeterminate sex with the slogan, “Drink to a Brighter Future.” I’m not sure exactly what this means. The astronaut has a space suit on but the child does not. How can you pour milk at zero gravity? Will we be drinking milk on Mars?

These are all questions for the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) that controls the website as well as the “got milk?” brand. They will tell you that milk has positive effects on muscles, sleep, PMS, bones, teeth, hair, skin and nails. They feel so strongly that they have been committing three cents of every gallon sold to the promotion of milk consumption for over twenty years.

In the past couple of months, I have increased my milk consumption. But, in the interest of full disclosure, I’m drinking almond and coconut milk. I find them both to be very compatible to whole milk. My local grocer even has an almond-coconut milk hybrid. I’ve tried soy milk and I think that is more of an acquired taste. But don’t think for a minute that I’m going to start bashing soy milk drinkers!

So there you have it. Over 500 words espousing the idea of drinking milk. Milk from a cow. Milk from nuts. Milk from an envelope. Even milk from seals. One type doesn’t have to be right to make another one wrong. Can’t we just be one big happy family of milk drinkers?

Special thanks to milkunleashed.com for the fun facts.

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