10 Things you don’t know about Cow’s, Goat’s, Seals, Whales, Camel and Soy Milk
Actually, milk is one of the things that distinguish us, mammals, from other species inhabiting the planet. For newborns, it is the only food that provides all the necessary substances to survive. For adults, milk remains a tasty treat, which is widely used in cooking. Every nation and every culture has its own traditions for use of this product. We would like to introduce to you some interesting facts about milk that few people are familiar.
1. We will start with the most popular kind – cow’s milk. Each year the world produced more than 400 million tons of milk. Each cow gives between 11 and 23 liters, which is an average of about 90 cups per day. As a result, it obtains that an average cow gives 200,000 glasses of milk for its entire life.
2. On the second place comes the goat milk. It contains a lot of potassium, beneficial to the cardiovascular system. Moreover, goat milk is extremely rich in cobalt and vitamin B12, involved in hematopoiesis and metabolic processes. Goat’s milk is used for making cheese – the famous types – rokamadur, capric and feta.
3. Milk of seals and whales is the highest fat content (about 50%), while the non-fat milk is the one that comes from horses and donkeys. However, remember that cow’s milk contains about 83-89% water – the rest is dry matter.
4. Camel milk is unique. It is not absorbed by people with lactose intolerance, contains much more vitamin C than cow’s milk, but it has much less fat and cholesterol. Camel milk sours much slower than the cow.
5. With the help of the new milking equipment people may milk up to 100 cows for one hour. If a farmer uses the hand milking method for the same timehe/she can milk only 6 cows. However, this is quite a difficult job.
6. Scientists believe that people have started to use animal milk about 10-11 thousand years ago, once they have tamed the wild goats and sheep. And before 9000 years on the territory of modern Turkey for the first time people talked about taming wild cows.
7. A curious fact is that our ability to drink milk has arisen as a result of genetic mutation. During New Stone Age the body of the elderly people did not produce lactase (not to be confused with lactose). As a result, they were not able to digest the lactose in milk. But in northern Europe a mutation arose – appeared a gene responsible for the production of lactase throughout the life of man. Thus we, the people, have received valuable source of much-needed substances, such as calcium and vitamin D.
8. Milk is known for its cleansing properties. With its help you can get rid of ink stains on clothes and darkening of gilded objects.
9. In recent years soy milk became very popular drink. People consume it no less than cow’s milk, believing that soy milk does not differ almost nothing of the cow. But we must not forget that our body absorbs much less calcium from soy milk than from cow’s milk. It also does not contain the vitamins and trace elements, which cow’s milk has.
10. The proteins in cow’s milk tend to combine with toxins in the body. That is why it is recommended that people working in chemical plants regularly consume cow’s milk. Also, in case of poisoning cow’s milk is given for cleaning the body.