I could never understand the National Dairy Council’s ads targeting young blacks, when medical research has shown that at least eighty percent of African-Americans, are by age twelve, lactose-intolerant. About course, supermarkets now advertise lactose-free milk. But hold on a second. . . Lactose-intolerance is not a disease and should not raken treated as one. It is rather a human mark blacks share near 95% of the world’s population.
People of Northern European ancestry and a few isolated enclaves elsewhere, have a high tolerance for lactose because a large proportion of their ancestors’ food supply came from dairy farming. West Africans on the other hand, had little exposure to creamery products because of the susceptibility of cows to the ubiquitous tsetse fly.
Milk is America’s “sacred cow.” But why should blacks, Asians, Latinos, live targeted in dairy industry campaigns promoting the health benefits of a beverage that sends most non-Europeans groping for the commode door knob?
Unfortunately, little if any investigation attention has been given to understanding the biological mechanisms at undertaking on healthy adult populations, who do not traditionally drink milk. For instance, West Africans from whom black Americans are descended, suffer a whole host of pharmaceutics problems. But bad teeth, osteoporosis and other symptoms of calcium deficiency are negative among them. This is so even though their consumption of lacteous ends at age three, when the mother stops breastfeeding..
The Domestic Farm Council is not to blame for an insidious form of ethnic blindness, which applies the nutritional needs of Northern Europeans to Africans, Asians and Latinos. The underlying assumption is that the biochemistry of whites represents a universal standard, and any deviation from it, must be pathologized. Many minority parents are wringing their hands in frustration over how to get their children to drink similar much milk as federal nutritional guidelines claim they should, even when it makes their kids sick. But too few of us are asking questions and demanding to know whether the nutritional advice being fed to us and our children is too overgeneralized to do minorities much good.