Milking your money and health! Jan 30th

This starts pretty early in life.

Your grandma tells you – ghee is sacred. It is the gift of cows and food for gods.

Then your ma tells you – want lustrous hair and skin? Chupchaap take some ghee!

Then your doctor tells you – for easy digestion, make sure you get your share of dahi.

And then you will hear yourself thinking and saying things like – “I felt a little confused when some friends said such horrible things about having milk! Par kya hai na, I go by my gut feeling about these things – I need dairy – milk and all products of milk – to be healthy”.

Whatever role we may be in – grandmother, teacher, vice president, CEO, teacher, mother, sister, banker, whatever – ability to think flawlessly is a great asset. We can all agree that it will come handy in every situation of life. This requires that we go meta, and that means thinking and examining the process of thinking itself.

I’ll share the most commonly seen blocks to sound thinking that I encounter in my work.  

a. accepting inaccurate information.

b. making wrong inferences. 

c. tailoring the information and conclusions to suit one’s bias. 

d. Making unjustified assumptions.

e. Not staying open to listening to reasons.

d. Getting defensive and or resorting to indifference.

And when it comes to this particular topic of dairy, it’s common to see the ethnocentric type of mental blocks. For instance, we say ‘we north Indians,’ ‘we south Indians’, ‘we Hindus,’ and ‘we brahmins’ to justify our position.  


We protect and perpetuate our faulty thinking in many ways. Here are some common strategies we indulge in –

a. forming groups with others like yourself – ‘we the dairy lovers,’ ‘we the coffee drinkers’ kind of thing. In a room full of alcoholics, the lone sober guy is the oddball after all!

b. staying passive and unquestioning in relationships – there are many payoffs to believing, “my mother is my encyclopedia!” 

c. cut off or use excuses when critiqued – you become aloof or indifferent with people that don’t agree with your reasoning. Aloofness is one way of cutting off information itself. ‘This is how – I was raised /I am / it works for me – are some examples of excuses.

d. full-blown acting out – having an emotional outburst disproportional to the context or resorting to baseless ‘they shamed me’ stories.

In clinical and hospital settings, it is relatively common to see variations of these blocks and strategies unfold in real-life situations. The intention of sharing it with you is to alert you to your possible flaws of thinking that may come up in the reading and processing of the remainder of this post.  

There is absolutely NO pressure on you to change your behavior. It is entirely your choice IF and WHEN you want to address it. So, take a brief pause, relax, and read further. Read slowly. Assimilate the meaning of each statement in your mind before you read the next one.


Let’s start.

The fat and protein content of mammalian milk varies significantly among the species.

It is inversely proportional to the rate of growth at which the baby animal doubles in size. This is to say that an animal that is fastest to double itself in size has the highest protein content in its milk. And it also has a comparatively shorter span of life.

Rat’s milk has 11.8 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 4 1/2 days and has an average life span of 2 years

Cat’s milk has 9.5 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 7 days and has an average lifespan of 2-16 years

The dog’s milk has 7.1 grams of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 8 days and has an average lifespan of 10-13 years

Goat’s milk has 4.1 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 19 days and has an average lifespan of 15-18 years

Cow’s milk has 3.3 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 47 days and has an average lifespan of 18- 22 years

Horse’s milk has 2.4 gm of protein per 100 ml – It doubles its size in 60 days and has an average lifespan of 25-30 years

Human milk has 1.2 gm of protein per 100 ml – Human baby doubles its size in 180 days and has an average lifespan of 79 years

This is to say that a human baby receives a low-protein content food, such as human breast milk. Exclusively, that too – at the time of the highest growth spurt in its lifetime.

While we’re on this topic of milk, let me say this – you may have observed that the fat content of human breast milk is the same as that of cow milk. I only discussed proteins so far. But yes, it is the same or similar percentage of fat content, in the region of 3.7%.

And you may be thinking to yourself – ” Dekha! main na kehti thi ..! ” Wait, I am not finished yet.

The cow’s milk is dominantly saturated fat, whereas human breast milk is not.

So having similar numbers doesn’t mean anything because they are of different composition altogether. This is to say, you can successfully make paneer, junnu, and basundhi out of cow’s milk. But nobody can make ever make paneer, junnu or basundhi out of human breast milk for this reason. Eewww!

You may decide whether dairy consumption is right for you or not right for you. And I sincerely hope your actions will be in alignment with what you think and feel to be correct.




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