A Conoisseur of Milk

I don’t know why a beverage meant for calves is so nourishing for humans, all I know is that it works for me. I need milk to stay healthy. I literally feel less energized if I go a few days without it.

cow milk

My travels in Arizona gave me the chance to explore different brands of milk. Being a milk snob, I preferred to get the organic variety at Whole Foods for ridiculous prices.

However, the non-organic type often tasted good too, though it had a funny smell. As I traversed the desert landscape, I usually purchased Shamrock Farms milk at gas stations. Now, here is the funny thing about Shamrock milk. They proclaim proudly that they “pledge not to treat our cows with the growth hormone rBST.” But this opens up a whole line of inquiry: does this mean they treat their cows with other growth hormones that are not rBST?

They also remark rather unconvincingly, “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.”

Now that I think about it, every single brand of milk I bought in Arizona had the same pledge about not using the growth hormone rBST, whatever it is. This makes me wonder, are there any milk companies out there that advertise their hormone use? “We use as many growth hormones as we can! None of that sissy organic stuff.”

Then, there was this:

muscle milk

Hey, at least they’re up-front about it!

Wow, this post was weird. It just came out and I couldn’t stop it. Thanks for reading, and please let me know in the comments how you feel about various types of milk!


8 thoughts on “A Conoisseur of Milk

  1. Very interesting indeed Sonya, I’ll look into this for the UK, something I’ve never delved into before so I’ll let you know how I get on.
    Hope your OK, regards James 😀

  2. “Does this mean they treat their cows with other growth hormones that are not rBST?”

    Good catch, Sonya! It’s like that carton of juice I saw the other day that advertised proudly, “Made with 25% real orange juice and natural flavors.” Does this mean 75% of that same carton is made of utter garbage? I’m not sure if advertisers think about what they put on their products to sell said products. But whatever, I’m hoping they’ll learn when their sales drop because of superfluous claims! I’m still shaking my head… 😉

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