Cows’ milk is ideal for calves not humans. Here's why! | Viva!

Cows’ milk is ideal for calves not humans. Here's why!

The composition of milk varies widely from animal to animal, providing the perfect first food for the young of that species. A seal’s milk is extraordinarily fatty (50 per cent fat) so that seal pups can grow very quickly, depositing a thick layer of blubber that will protect them from the cold and sustain them as they learn to hunt for themselves. Just as we are different from seals, we are not exactly the same as cows either! It won’t surprise you, then, that cows’ milk is very different from human milk – which is why we mustn’t give ordinary cows’ milk, condensed milk, dried or evaporated milk to a child under the age of one. If a human baby is given cows’ milk, it has to be changed into a formula that attempts to replicate human milk. Do you think that milk is ideal for humans? Cows’ milk is meant to help a calf grow very rapidly indeed, reaching 47-63 stone (300-400kg) within a year. We, on the other hand, take about 18 years to reach adult weight (a woman of 5’4” has an average weight of about 10 stone 3lbs (65 kg); a 6’ man has an average weight of 13 stone (83 kg)). So, we have very different rates of growth and while cow’s milk and human milk contain a similar percentage of water, the relative amounts of fat, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins and minerals vary widely. So let’s look at four of these main nutrients (for more information see the White Lies report, www. whitelies.org.uk/materials) You'll soon discover why cows' milk is ideal for baby cows, but not for humans.