Is breast milk the new super food?

By admin
12 June 2013

We’ve known the benefits of breast milk to growing babies for some time now, but are we adults missing out on its positive effects?

If you were to visit British media personality and model Myleene Klass for a cuppa you’d be in for a shock – because the bikini model likes to offer up her own breast milk for her guests’ tea.

“Come on; it’s normal,” says Myleene. “I made everyone try mine. It tastes just like those probiotic yoghurt drinks. Sweet ? [though] not as sweet as condensed milk.”

While “normal” might not be quite the best word for it, it seems this odd fad is gaining momentum.

“The unique combination of antibodies, living cells, enzymes, hormones and fatty acids in human breast milk has persuaded some enthusiasts that it is a super food we just can’t afford to ignore,” writes the Daily Mail’s Tanith Carey.

Apparently, Americans with cancer, digestive disorders or immune problems can get breast milk on prescription from a “milk bank” for their ailments. Scientists in Australia, Italy and Canada are reportedly investigating the positive effects breast milk may have on diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, strokes and acne.

In the UK, lactating women can donate their milk to 17 accredited milk banks to help new mothers who aren’t able to produce milk themselves. But others are finding it more profitable to sell theirs online. Thousands of pounds worth of unchecked samples are now bought and sold every day, according to the Daily Mail.

An ice-cream parlour in London even cashed in on the trend, creating “Baby Gaga” – breast milk-flavoured ice cream. But the product was quickly taken off The Icecreamists’ shelves, after officials raised concerns about the health risks posed by products made from bodily fluids. The UK’s Food Standards Agency will submit the flavour to a battery of tests before allowing it back on the shelves.

Yet another confectionary company is hitching its wagon to the fad, although it isn’t going quite as far as The Icecreamists. The Texan company Lollyphile has released a range of breast milk-flavoured lollipops. While the sweets aren’t really made from breast milk, they apparently taste like they are. Lollyphile founder Jason Darling says on the company website, “What slowly dawned on me was that my friends were actually producing milk so delicious it could turn a screaming, furious child into a docile, contented one. I knew I had to capture that flavour.”

-Kirsten Buick


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