tim_and_tracy @ : rant against omnivore magazines with research
I keep receiving vegetarian / omnivore food magazines in the mail. Oddly enough, these magazines seem to do nothing but extort the value of dairy products and animal meats. In Eating Well, it had an entire article stating how healthy different meats were, and how you should eat these meats in place of vitamins. What angered me, is that of course, many nuts / vegetables have much higher vitamin amounts than the meats. I will quote this passage from Eating Well December 2006, in an article titled "These Supplements May Save Your Life ... Or Not."
Many things about this article were wrong, stating things that selenium was best found in poultry (not nuts) and that there was no real vegetarian form of B12. What about yeast???
"Calcium: Three to four servings of low fat dairy skim milk (8 oz), yogurt (8 oz), low fat cheese (1.5 oz)- will deliver your recommended daily dose (1000 mg if you're 50 or younger, 1200 mg 50+) When diet falls short, take a separate 500 mg supplement (calcium is too bulky to fit all you need into a multi). Clinical trials show that, in combination with vitamin D, calcium supplements improve bone density and reduce fracture risk in postmenopausal women."
What annoys me most about this quote, is the vagueness of it. If one really wanted to have the right amount of calcium, according to the text, they could easily get it from some milk, yogurt or cheese.
It does not state however that, when we compare calcium amounts from dairy products to vegetables, the vegetables have much more calcium.
From Sproutman's Kitchen Garden, in a chart presenting Nutrition In Milk vs. Non Dairy Foods.
"100 mg of milk has 118 calcium,
100 mg of swiss cheese has 925 calcium,
100 mg of kelp has 1093 calcium,
100 mg of dulce has 296 calcium,
100 mg of carob has 352 calcium."
This quote expresses that the other calcium sources have a much higher amount of calcium than milk. Here is another quote, from Food Allergy Survival Guide, "as mineral contributors, green veggies again take center stage. Calcium rich greens are kale, broccoli, okra, Napa cabbage, turnip greens, mustard greens, and Asian greens, such as bok choy. In fact, we absorb calcium from these twice as readily as from cow's milk."
I thought the last line of the quote was quite telling. If the editors knew such a fact, would they be presenting the full truth as to the nutritional value of calcium? Why would they suggest dairy sources, when they are not even as easy to digest as their vegetable counterparts? Why did the article not mention any vegetable sources of calcium at all?
Also, what I least understand in promoting dairy products so much, is the enormous amount of people, who know from experience that they are lactose intolerant. Even my mother, refuses to try any other milk, but lactaid.
"In the case of lactose intolerance, about 75 percent of the world's population loses, to some degree, the ability to digest milk sugar (lactose) after the "normal" time of weaning, about four years of age... When most humans mature beyond the age of weaning, production of the enzyme lactase declines. If milk is consumed, undigested lactose remains in the intestine, resulting in digestive problems. Thus the inability of adults to digest milk that nature designed for a baby calf can be viewed as a normal human condition, and not as a disease or system failure." (Food Allergy Survival Guide)
If it is common knowledge that milk is not easy to digest, and that most people after age four cannot digest it, then why do we have such a milk obsessed society? Why are more people not aware that milk is put into everything? Can all of these omnivore consumers really ignore the demands of their bodies? Or does everyone just have upset stomachs regularly?
If articles continue to be printed, extolling the high value of dairy, people will stop their research at their reading of the article. To see the article confirm, that their dairy consumption habits are acceptable, only encourages people to continue in that same vein. Again, to reference my mother, she tells me that she loves to eat ice cream, because it is good for her. This type of logic is so wrong, so founded in false facts, that when one knows the truth, they must share it with the world.
In the instance of the vegan vs omnivore, all of the vegans know they are making the better choices, while all of the omnivores continue to bring themselves daily, regular upset stomachs.