Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Milk and Hormones

As much as I adore pizza, artisanal cheeses, yogurt, after spending a year in Korea eating the Korean food of my ancestors and then coming home and eating like I used to, I had to admit that eating dairy did --ugh -- funny things to me. And then doing research into food allergies for my son and fertility-friendly foods for myself, dairy (esp of the super-pasturized, factory production, hormone and antibiotic filled kind of the grocery store) kept coming up as being bad for you for all sorts of reasons.

In a nutshell, it seems that if ingesting milk products makes you at all gassy, pissy, eczema-y, or cranky, it's your body's subtle hint to let you know to cut it out. It would be nice if our cells had mouths to yell at us directly, but they don't. People of all types outgrow their tolerance for dairy, and again, cow's milk is excellent food for calves, and even still, you don't exactly see grown cows hankering for their neighbor's teat.

An article in the BBC came out last week about women who ate lots of dairy seemed to have more twins, which may be linked to the body's producing this weird insulin growth factor in response to eating dairy and/or all those lovely growth hormones added to milk. While on the face of it, twin birth seems kinda neat, a multiple pregnancy is multiply risky and preterm births (and their attendant problems) are on the rise.


And there's a similar article about it in the New York Times that just came out today: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/30/health/30twin.html?_r=1&oref=login

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