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The fact that adult consumption of milk is perceived as normal by most people is primarily a function of the forcible exportation of white European culture by white imperialism. Because biologically speaking, it is incredibly abnormal for anything but an infant to drink milk.
What people typically refer to as “lactose intolerance” is actually the natural state of every mammalian species — adults cease to produce the enzyme lactase and hence lose the ability to digest milk. However, most white people and some people of color have a genetic mutation which causes them to lose the ability to shut down lactase production.
Here’s the interesting part: the European version of lactase persistence — traced back to the “Funnel Beaker” culture of Northern Europe — is the only one that has been spread globally. Other lactase persistence mutations have not been widely spread outside their area of origin — in fact, non-European persistence mutations are so rare that none were positively identified until 2006.
In other words, the normalcy of milk and milk products is almost entirely a product of how effectively whites have imposed their diet and associated culture on everyone else. Milk isn’t actually good for you unless you can digest the stuff, and most people of color can’t. If we’re exposed to it on a regular basis we usually become resistant enough to drink modest amounts without becoming sick, but we still can’t gain any actual nutrition from it.
I get what you’re going for here, and while I respect it, I have to say I’d need some links and sources to back up what you’ve got here, because it just…doesn’t jive with a global perspective.
And then there’s 20 million pastoral households (about 180–200 million people), who are mostly people of color around the world who subsist largely on sheep and goat’s milk (which is more digestible, and not because it contains less lactose but because it actually contains less casien protiens, which is what a lot of “lactose intolerant people are actually allergic to!) in Mongolia, Ethiopia, Europe, Namibia(the Khoisan domesticated cattle 2,000 years ago or so), Pakistan, Peru, and many, many more..?
(a mongolian woman making sheep’s milk cheese)
I mean, I get that cow’s milk doesn’t work for a lot of people, but it’s far from the “natural human state.” And it just sorta doesn’t make room for the fact that consumption of milk and milk products is fairly ubiquitous everywhere except East Asia.
I’m not trying to make some huge stand for milk or anything, it’s just….you know, milk is all over the place, maybe even especially in POC cultures…