Have you ever come across something that was so incredibly ignorant that you can’t just wonder how the hell some people remember to breathe? I did.
But first, lets talk about lactose. Lactose is a disaccharide, or a sugar that can be broken into two sugars by cutting one covalent bond. There are lots of disaccharides in nature and you may have heard of idiots claiming that fructose is the devil and cause of all sorts of things from obesity to autism.
Getting back to lactose, there are populations of people who persistently generate an enzyme called “lactase” which cuts the covalent bond bond that keeps lactose together and releases the to monosaccarides which your body can effectively metabolize. All mammals produce milk, and all mammal milk that I know of contains lactose, as a result all nursing mammals produce a lactase enzyme which allows the covalent bond to be cut producing glucose and galactose.
Now for years there has been this idea that northern Europeans and Scandinavians in particular are “lactose tolerant” or “lactose persistent” because the long, cold winters gave the people with persistent lactase production a fitness advantage which passed on in the form of genes. This is a fine hypothesis, but no one knows if it is true or not because there is no way to test it. Unfortunately, this has led people to assume that this fairy tale is true, and speculate that this is why darker people such as southern Europeans, Turks, Arabs, and Africans are not “lactose tolerant.” Really, that’s bullshit.
What research has been done in looking at the genetic causes of persistent lactase production has led to a fairly obvious conclusion, the adoption of domesticated ruminants is associated with lactase persistence. From the Tutsi people of Rwanda to various herding tribes in Ethiopia, there are various genes across Africa associated with tribes that herd ruminants.
While the detail on this map isn’t perfect, it does give a fairly good overview of how different populations evolved over time to have a measurably different rate of lactose persistence.
Please note the very dark blue spot in southeastern Africa, it’s not a mistake, it’s just a tribe that has been herding cattle for long enough to have a high level of homogeneity.
What you should really take away is that you will find people of every shade and eye shape who are both lactose tolerant and intolerant as adults. What you will also find is that there will be way more White people than Asian people who are lactose persistent as adults, with subcontinental Indians and Pakistanis being able to tolerate fresh dairy very well from a statistical standpoint.
Now even in an area with low lactose persistence you can often find dairying culture because turning milk into cheese is a great way to remove much of the lactose and retain the fat, proteins, and mineral nutrition of the dairy product. While “byaslag” may sound like a spell inredient cooked up by J.K. Rowling for a potion it is a Mongolian soft cheese that can be sliced into strips and dried, similar to Paneer which is Indian.
So…why did we have to go on a little side trip about genetics and lactose tolerance?
This shit right here is why I have no faith in public education. She can evidently call herself literate, and write well enough to express her ignorant opinion, but damn if that doesn’t illustrate the problem of bullshit. It took me a whole post of facts and history to refute one ignorant sentence, that got over 3k likes and 1k retwteets.
But hell, there are enough academic idiots writing papers like “The Unbearable Whiteness of Milk: Food Oppression and the USDA” by Andrea Freeman who “pioneered” the entire concept of “food oppression” (seriously, it’s listed on her bio page) and continues to make the illogical fallacy that different outcomes is oppression. It is quite logical that every large nation is going to have pockets of citizens who don’t benefit equally from national policy. Just ask the Basques, or the Saami, or the Aborigines. Law is like economics in that it doesn’t benefit everyone equally. But if you look at migration patterns, there are more black Africans trying to get into America than black Americans trying to migrate to Africa. Heck, Andrea Freeman criticized Federal subsidies into milk as it gives kids too much saturated fat, which should tell you a lot about how being a lawyer and college professor does not prepare you at all to talk about fat metabolism or nutrition.
But you know what? with idiots like this no wonder the trolls can get them riled up by drinking a glass of milk. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/milk-white-supremacy-racism_us_5bffad35e4b0864f4f6a3e28
And that makes me want to go enjoy a cool glass of genocide.