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Vegan Vindication
September 1, 2009, 10:58 am
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milkSee? Adult humans are not supposed to be drinking milk!

Sixty percent of adults can’t digest milk

It’s a mutation that only some humans developed only in very recent history.  I’m not saying you can’t enjoy it if you like (this is not a militant vegan blog, contrary to what my friend Dhaval says), but I do think studies such as this should engender a little understanding for those of us who choose to abstain from dairy. We are not as crazy as some think!


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Comment by fictionadvocate

Now if only you could develop adamantium claws, that would be much cooler.

Comment by Carrie M

Saying that this study demonstrates that humans should not be drinking milk is a misrepresentation of the science involved. Had eating dairy been detrimental to the health of those who possessed this gene, it would not have been passed down in great enough numbers to account for the 90% of Northern Europeans who carry it today. Clearly, digesting lactase has offered some benefit to men and women of breeding age over the last 7,000 years. This is not to suggest that eating dairy is necessary for a healthy diet or that it can’t be harmful, but it is no more unnatural than having fair skin (Which is a good parallel: the genetic mutation that allows for better vitamin absorption in less sunny Northern Europe also makes one more susceptible for skin cancer. In the long run, though, the benefits of Vitamin D must have outweighed the costs or people like you and I wouldn’t exist.)

Comment by Danielle

Yes, “90% of northern Europeans” can, is a lot different than “sixty percent of adults can’t”.

It was interesting though. I didn’t know all of that. Thanks for bringing it up.

Comment by Steven Morrisroe

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That the statistics seem odd just shows how Western-centric our thinking still is.

Comment by Klaus

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