Last updated on: 4/8/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Which Cultures Do Not Consume Significant Quantities of Milk?

General Reference (not clearly pro or con)

Thijs R. Klompmaker, a Dutch author, reported in his 2000 article “Excessive Calcium Causes Osteoporosis” published on his website:

“In Venezuela and Chile much less milk is consumed than in the U.S. [254 kilograms/year per capita], Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland… Chinese consume very little milk (8 kg/year)…

Other countries where very little milk is consumed, on the average, [are] Congo, Guinea, and Togo (6 kg/year)… In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Ghana, Laos and Cambodia even less milk is consumed (average per capita is 1 to 3 kg a year!!).”

2000

Bernie Thimian, a spokesperson for the Toronto Vegetarian Association, explained in her 2003 article “16 Reasons Why People Avoid Dairy Products” accessed on The No Milk Page website:

“Until refrigeration came along, the vast majority of humans and animals on the planet consumed little or no milk products. Most Asians (more than 1 billion), most Africans (almost a billion), and many other cultures around the world still consume no dairy products.”

2003

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, stated in the article “Boning Up on Calcium and Osteoporosis” (accessed Apr. 20, 2007):

“Some African cultures consume no dairy products and typically get only 175 to 475 milligrams of calcium per day (800 mg is the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance).”

Apr. 20, 2007