Black People : Got Milk?


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Jun 24, 2007
Hanging out in chat the other day, the topic turned to MILK. You see, I find it a little humourous that so many adults in the 'West' drink milk by the gallon - whereas I've always viewed milk as a kids beverage.. you know.. then you grow out of it - I mean - all mammals do, eventually, right? :lol:

Growing up in South Africa, one doesnt just go to the fridge and pour themselves a tall glass of milk. In fact, it is drank very rarely - the main use of cows milk was creating "amasi" which is fermented cows milk and although can be drank, is usually a food i.e. dump the whey, eat the curds. ;)

I am by no means a dietary expert - but from some of the comments in chat, I had to look up why Africans at home dont, and Africans in the Diaspora do - and if there are any effects... came across this article - rather lengthy - but very interesting. Titled: Black Survival in Crisis: The Plight of Afrikans in the Globalisation of Western (European) Culture

It talks about a wide variety of western 'harms' and 'cultures' being enforced on our melinated bodies - from foods, medicines, technology, environment, climate - and how we are killing ourselves by not understanding the biological differences between our races.

But for this post - just some excerpts about "MILK"

According to Dr. Laila Afrika, “Blacks have specific nutritional and dietary needs. These nutritional needs arise because we have specific bodily differences as compared to other races and cultures. For example, over 70 percent of Black people (worldwide) cannot digest cattle milk. In addition, the intestinal florae (bacteria, virus, fungus and yeast) that naturally live in Black people’s intestines are unique to Blacks. "Subsequently, Blacks assimilate food in the intestines differently. Also, despite centuries of living in countries outside of Afrika, their intestinal florae are the same as it was in their ancestor’s stomachs 2,000 years ago. Melanin (black colour pigment) is obviously most abundant in Blacks. This melanin aids in protecting Blacks, from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. It also increases the speed of nerve and brain messages which are transmitted between the left and right hemispheres of the brain and all signals transmitted throughout the bodily nerve network. Black people’s blood crystallizes differently from white people’s blood. These are some of the many reasons why Blacks have unique nutritional, medical, and dietary needs.”


Afrikan populations in the Diaspora are dying from chronic illnesses and diseases. Black/Afrikan Americans, for example, have the highest death rates of any of America's racial and ethnic groups. Only a small part of this phenomenon can be attributed to inequalities in economic status, education, and occupation.


Genetic differences play an important role in our biological makeup. The U.S. Center for Disease Control’s 2001 Health Statistics shows that the infant mortality of Black children in the States is 2.5 higher than white children. Blacks are 1.3 times more likely to die from heart disease than whites. They are 1.3 times more likely to die from breast cancer, 2.8 times more likely to die from prostate cancer and 1.4 times more likely to die from colon cancer. Sickle cell anaemia occurs in approximately 1 in every 500 births. Approximately 2 million Blacks in the United States carry the sickle cell trait. However, our greatest disadvantage is in deaths from HIV infection, for which the risk to blacks is over seven times the risk to white Americans and the numbers are rising. Government research shows Black women in the U.S. are 23 times as likely to be infected with the AIDS virus as white women and account for 72 percent of all new HIV cases among women in 29 US states. In 2001, death rates among Afrikan-Americans exceeded those of the white population by 33 percent.


The Afrikan diet is primarily vegetarian. We should eat very little meat or dairy products. Foods that once provided Afrikans with ample amounts of natural nitrilosides, have been replaced by foods almost totally devoid of this factor.


Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), a naturally occurring hormone produced by milk cows, closely resembles the natural growth hormones in human children. The presence of BGH in milk is shown to significantly elevate hormone levels in people, creating a host of growth problems. Recombinant BGH (rBGH) is an unnaturally occurring, genetically engineered hormone that increases a cows' milk production by an estimated 15-25 percent. This increase in milk production causes the animals to suffer from mastitis, a bacterial infection of the udder and widespread occurrences of cystic ovaries and disorders of the uterus. Bacterial mastitis is a serious disease of dairy cattle and can be passed into milk for consumption.


Over a quarter of U.S. milk cows are in herds supplemented with rBGH. The vast majority of the country's 1,500 dairy companies mix rBGH milk with non-rBGH milk during processing to such an extent that an estimated 80-90 percent of the U.S. dairy supply is contaminated. Girls in the U.S. and Canada are beginning to menstruate at younger and younger ages. Consumers are not told that supplementing their diet with additional growth hormones is causing secondary sex characteristics to appear earlier in young children, particularly girls. The public also isn’t told that rBGH-injected cows produce milk with exceedingly high levels of Insulin Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1), a cancer promoter that occurs naturally in the human bloodstream but generally does not result in tumours. Recent research has directly linked elevated levels of IGF-1 to increased risk of breast and prostate cancer.


Afrikan people have a higher incidence of lactose intolerance and suffer from a variety of digestive symptoms that result from consuming milk and other dairy products, including gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, and indigestion. In total, there are an estimated 50 million lactose intolerant adults in the U.S., including 15 percent of the white population, 70 percent of the black population, and 80 to 97 percent of Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Jews of European descent. People of colour lack the necessary enzymes to properly digest cow’s milk and are thus unable to ingest milk for its “enriched” vitamin D content. Vitamin D, a vitamin the body needs to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus, is found in the skin of melanin-dominant individuals after sun exposure. Less “melanated” people require the intake of dairy products to secrete vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency leads to thin, brittle bones in adults and rickets in children.
Beloved Zulile! Thank you for this mention.

I'm not sure what is more difficult to pry from the hands of our people. The milk carton or the Bible. I guess I'm being unfair to compare milk to religion, because obviously Ice cream doesn't taste as good as Jesus right.

What the article says about "natural nitrilosides" is key for us, very very important. Many of us lack this in our daily food intake. We find these in fruits and vegetables, berries, grains etc. Another thing we need collectively is more sun activities. More time in the sun helps us produce vitamin d.

And if we must have milk, there's rice milk- which does not upset the stomach at all. There's so many flavors of ice cream that don't contain milk, including those made from fruit. We should also be reminded constantly that we are sun tropical people, sure we can maintain the cold and seasons but our bodies need sun tropical foods.


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