(Warning: the following contains possibly disturbing, yet important information from Peta.com.)
According to Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), “cows produce milk for the same reason that humans do: to nourish their young. ”
PETA further explains, “After their calves are taken from them, mother cows are hooked up, several times a day, to milking machines. Using genetic manipulation, powerful hormones, and intensive milking, factory farmers force cows to produce about 10 times as much milk as they would naturally.”
Do you really want those hormones in your system?
“Give us a freaking break! Remember what milk is for. It’s designed to fatten up baby cows,” said authors Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin in their New York Times Bestseller, “Skinny Bitch.”
So, instead of debating the benefits of fat free, skim, one percent, two percent or whole milk, let’s explore the world of non-dairy milk, including rice, soy, almond, hemp and coconut milk.
- Rice milk is very lightlysweetened
- Contains more carbohydrates
- Lacks protein and vitamins or minerals, unless fortified
- Very little natural fat
- The most watery of the non-dairy milk
- Very light flavor
- Most popular and controversial
- Creamier than rice milk
- Contains as much protein as regular milk, and is often fortified with vitamins
- Most soy beans produced in the United States are genetically modified.
- Best to go with organic soymilk
Look for more info about non-dairy milk on the next installment of “Got Milk?” I want to know what you think. Do you prefer soy or rice milk? And what about the health ramifications of soy? Is it just chatter, or is there some truth to the debate?
Until then, pour whichever non-dairy milk you prefer on your Koala Crisps and enjoy.