I am struggling with something. Whenever I leave town (which sometimes feels like leaving the country) I so often find that restaurateurs still believe the vegetarian option means the cheese option.
If a vendor is going to (as they sometimes feel – “go out of their way”) to provide a dish that is friendly (inclusive) to the majority of the world population’s digestive capabilities, this food will not include dairy.
Here’s wiki on lactose intolerance (which by the way is not the only reason people can’t do dairy; casein, which is a basis for wood glue, is also a problem and it is often found in soy “cheese” products):
“Lactose intolerance is the inability to metabolize lactose, because of a lack of the required enzyme lactase in the digestive system.[original research?] It is estimated that 75% of adults worldwide show some decrease in lactase activity during adulthood. The frequency of decreased lactase activity ranges from as little as 5% in northern Europe, up to 71% for Sicily, to more than 90% in some African and Asian countries.”
I am struggling because even locally for years I have repeatedly asked our large university campus to embrace this idea. With its population of students from around the world and vegans from everywhere, the resistance to the idea is astonishingly strong!
I have often heard/read that dairy is the very first and most important thing to drop because it is so toxic for your system (non-organic has especially intensified pesticide/hormone product in it). That is not even what I am talking about here, I am just talking about accommodating a simple physiological experience of the majority of the world population. It is still surprising to me that I don’t see this changing as fast as I would have guessed. Even it can be hard to find chocolate without milkfat in it (milkfat is a cheap filler and it is used as a way to keep the cost down for many chocolate companies).
I don’t want to say dairy is killing this country because I hate getting people angry who seem to thrive off of it (still, you can see the huge rise in consumption of dairy rise with the increased rate of cancer and heart attacks in this country). Hey if it works for you, don’t come after me! Do what you notice is working for you. 15 years ago I digested dairy fine, I don’t now, it is just the way it is, sometimes people lose the digestive enzymes as an adult.
Since I am complaining I might as well get it out, what I really dis-enjoy, is when you explain the idea to a restaurateur and they look at you with a blank stare like they have never heard of a non-dairy main course food option; like they have never seen food before and how can they not know food – it is their business! I get that they may not know digestion or anything about nutrition, although at least food it seems like they would know. : //