One of the most important pieces of activist research that I am fascinated by is our understanding of milk. For the longest time, in multiple countries, people thought that drinking a full glass of milk would provide tremendous health benefits. This can be seen in early American advertising and throughout old posters found in pediatric offices. But is milk actually beneficial to us? If it is, why are some people lactose intolerant? Turns out, after conducting several research studies, milk actually has no substantial benefits to humans and is something that can actually be harmful to some that might be sensitive to lactose or fully lactose intolerant.
So why are we still drinking milk? I believe that this is something that will take time to change but aligning milk with good health is something that is still consistently done throughout the current media. Same goes for cats. Our feline friends actually aren’t able to have milk due to the fact that they are carnivores and their bodies aren’t meant to process that kind of sugar substance. However, we will still see cartoons that show cats drinking milk instead of water as this is something that has become more of an image rather than a reality.
Through activist research, we now have ample alternatives to milk for those that still love the taste and texture of it. From almond milk to oat milk, there are various different choices that actually have health benefits and added vitamins in order to provide people with a nutritious beverage.