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The DAIRY PRIDE Act Is Poorly Written, Big Dairy Propaganda

A couple of months ago, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced the “DAIRY PRIDE” Act into Congress. The bill, now in committee, aims to cut the legs out of the rapidly growing plant-based industry by preventing items like almond milk, soymilk, or cashew cheese from using dairy-related names.

However, the DAIRY PRIDE act is a poorly constructed bill that takes down swaths of other products alongside plant-based dairy and may even be unconstitutional in the first place, all while doing nothing to help the milk industry recover sales numbers, which is the whole aim of writing and introducing this bill in the first place.

The milk industry has been on a long trend of decline over the past 30 years. According to the Journal Sentinel, milk consumption has now fallen to 50% as sales tumbled over the past three decades. Following an increase in milk production due to shortages in the supply two years ago, massive excesses of milk now exist. The Wall Street Journal reports that this has led to a 36% drop in milk prices since 2014 and has forced farmers to dump over 43 million gallons of milk that they were unable to sell off last year.

Big milk would like to see that milk be sold rather than discarded, but consumers aren’t buying milk as much as they used to. So far, they’ve been able to work with the food industry to create cheesier products to use up some of the surplus, but it hasn’t been enough to prevent that milk from being lost.

To recover sales and prevent more milk dumping, big dairy needed to do something drastic. With plant-based dairy rapidly growing and eclipsing $5 billion in market value for the first time, it’s become a target for the milk industry. A bill like this is definitely a welcome boon to the dairy industry as a result.

However, there are a plethora of issues that this bill has that make it ineffective, weak, and possibly unconstitutional.

The bill cites the FDA definition of milk, unchanged since 1938, that is specific to only cows.

“Milk is the lactereal secretion, practically free from colostrum, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows.”

The DAIRY PRIDE Act aims to strictly enforce this definition. In doing so, plant-based dairy isn’t the only product category that has to change names. Peanut butter and goat cheese would both have to change names to be called something like “Peanut paste” or “goat curds.” Yum.

The bill does get more specific, however, when it targets plant-based dairy multiple times in the opening section of the act, directly calling out plant-based dairy labels as being “misleading to consumers.”

Their reason?

“Imitation dairy products, such as plant-based products derived from rice, nuts, soybeans, hemp, coconut, algae, and other foods that imitate milk, yogurt, and cheese, often do not provide the same nutrition content as real milk, cheese, and yogurt derived from dairy cows.”

As such, the act specifically goes after the plant-based industry and specifically calls them out in the act as “confusing” customers when it clearly doesn’t. We know that soy milk is soy and almond milk is almonds, and to anyone who says consumers can’t read a nutrition label is underestimating the intelligence of consumers. Almond-derived juice would be the basic alternative name, which just sounds… weird. That’s what proponents of the DAIRY PRIDE Act want, though, since it doesn’t sound as appealing. Removing the label doesn’t benefit consumers who are used to the name to begin with.

What’s more, the DAIRY PRIDE Act isn’t just misleading on its own, it may also be unconstitutional. The Good Food Institute wrote a public statement condemning the DAIRY PRIDE Act as “pandering to the dairy industry” through censorship.

“The government is only allowed to restrict commercial free speech if there is substantial government interest in doing so. Simply pandering to the dairy industry does not qualify as a good reason, therefore this legislation would be in violation of the First Amendment.”

Basically, Congress has a choice: pass this law and kill a rapidly growing and innovative industry in a feeble attempt to preserve the death of an already declining one, or leave the law be. If the DAIRY PRIDE act is dropped, plant-based dairy will be allowed to thrive while milk sales would continue to drop, which means farmers just need to produce less milk. They can sell the beef or switch to alternatives.

There is no substantial government interest in enforcing this rule because it does nothing to save the milk industry and is honestly just blatant censorship.

If Congress wants to avoid a meaningless legal battle and prevent their public perception of corruption to fester even more, they should not let this bill leave committee.

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The Reason Why You Should Avoid Purchasing Milk In Glass Bottles

Photo: Rusty Clark on Flickr. (Modified by Foodbeast.)

There’s a current fad going on where some consumers prefer to buy milk stored in glass bottles. Usually, this milk is perceived as a premium, higher-quality milk. Many reasons have been given as to why milk in glass is “superior,” including that it tastes better, stays colder, and is eco-friendly.

While some of the claims may be true, one major reason exists as to why glass-bottled milk should never be purchased: the nutritional content is negatively affected by the glass.

By using glass bottles, milk manufacturers open their product up to light oxidation. This reaction between light and nutrients in the milk is much more likely to occur in glass packaging than in traditional plastic or cardboard cartons and causes essential amino acids like tryptophan and tyrosine to break down. These amino acids, which our body cannot produce on its own, are lost as a result.

Other health components of milk degraded by light include vitamin A and riboflavin.

Plastic and cardboard milk packaging were designed to specifically inhibit the passage of light into the liquid inside to prevent this nutrient loss from occurring. Clear glass fails to block light, and introduces significant amounts of oxidation to milk. This is why other products, such as olive oil and beer, use dark-tinted glass or cans that prevent light from degrading compounds inside.

Grocery store lights make this even worse for milk, as the brighter lights used to display the dairy aisle allow more light to get in and these nutrients to break down even faster.

Sure, you may think that the milk in glass bottles is tastier or better for the environment, but you’ll be missing out on some key nutrients if you purchase glass-bottled milk.

Stick to plastic gallon jugs or cartons instead, milk lovers.

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Dipping Pizza In Milk Is The Internet’s Latest Gross Food Trend

Following the disgusting debate of whether pineapples belong on pizza or not (they don’t), the internet has found a new way to ruin pizza: dipping it in milk.

Twitter user @hyrulecitizen posted the above image as a counter to the pineapple on pizza debate going around the internet, claiming that it was “WAYYYY better” than pineapple on pizza. Since then, a new point of contention has launched about this new combo. I’ve seen and heard everybody from country radio stations to the Fine Brothers’ show, “Adults React,” giving their thoughts about this zany concept.

While anything is clearly a lot better than putting pineapple on pizza, the notion of dipping pizza into milk is appalling. First off, the grease from the pizza pools into the milk to create some vile sludge. Not only that, you’re basically just biting into soggy pizza. Gross.

Apparently, not everybody thinks so, as the trend of dunking pizza slices into milk is taking off.

Some sane people do exist, fortunately, and are disturbed at the idea of such a combination.

Sorry internet, but if you’re going to offer a “superior alternative” to pineapple on pizza, at least come correct and invent a combination that’s actually tasty. This garbage doesn’t count.

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Bought Milk? You Might Be Able to Get A Refund


Photo: News World India

We all know how big a role milk plays is in our diets. You’ve probably had a glass in the last 14 years or so (unless you’ve been vegan that whole time). Likely, you bought that milk at a grocery store of some kind.

Well, if that applies to you (and I’m sure it does to many), you may be able to get a refund for that milk.

ABC10 reported this morning that the results of a class action lawsuit against milk producers and dairy farmers have led to a $52 million settlement payable to the public. This settlement and lawsuit stems from the fixing of prices that milk producers had been performing since 2003.

As a result, if you purchased milk since 2003 and live in any of the following states (or lived in them between 2003 and now), you are entitled to a piece of the settlement. The states that are eligible are as follows:

Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

So, if you want to get in on this settlement, head over to the settlement claims website and get your milk refund!

This comes with one warning in mind: The amount of money you’ll get in the settlement changes as more people claim it. When ABC10 reported the settlement earlier this morning, the refund was estimated at $45-$70 per person. As of when this piece was published, that estimate has now dropped to $10-$20 per person.

Well… at the very least, you can use the money to buy a couple more gallons of milk.

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Watch Irish Folks Try Boba For The First Time

Bubble tea, also known as boba, comes in so many flavors and combinations that it may take a lifetime to try them all. In fact, fellow Foodbeast Molly, has an entire Instagram account dedicated to trying as many flavors of the bubble drink as she can.

In the latest Facts video, a group of Irish youths try various incarnations of the beloved drink. These feature either the staple black tapioca pearls or bursting pearls. This includes the original Honey Milk Tea, Pomegranate, blueberry, matcha, and mint.

While this is a typical Milk Tea Monday for our Orange County-based office, it’s fascinating to see other cultures experience something so common that we take it for granted here in California.

Check out their reactions to the popular Asian beverage in the video above.

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Scientists Discovered Cockroach “Milk” And It’s Healthy AF

Would you like some cockroach with your milk?

Yes, cockroach milk is a thing and the internet is freaking out about it, rightfully so.

Well, it’s 2016 and Donald Trump is a presidential candidate so I’m inclined to believe this one to be true. Nothing is shocking in this world anymore.

According to FWx and Science Alert, when mama cockroaches have baby cockroaches, they secrete a crystal-like protein substance that is quite nutrient-dense and provides a large source of energy. This “milk” is specific to a certain species of cockroach that gives birth to live young.

“The fact that an insect produces milk is pretty fascinating – but what fascinated researchers is the fact that a single one of these protein crystals contains more than three times the amount of energy found in an equivalent amount of buffalo milk (which is also higher in calories then dairy milk).” -Science Alert

I mean, we eat crickets and we’ve tried just about every other kind of milk out there from goat’s milk (and apparently buffalo milk) to almond and coconut milk. It’s only natural that it becomes the next type of “milk” that turns into a health fad. But these health claims are backed by scientists in India that are calling it a superfood so it can’t be that crazy, can it?

Have you heard about Cockroach Milk? 🍶 I kid you not 😳 #CockroachMilk #Cockroach #Milk

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The article by FWx indicates that this is more likely to be a supplement for people who already have a hard time getting nutrients:

“The nutrient-rich, protein-dense food is probably best suited for people who are already struggling to get enough calories to begin with.” -FXw

People on Twitter are having a field day with this, as they should, since it’s a pretty polarizing topic:

The finding proves to be too overwhelming for Wendy:

We’re with you John:

Let’s just hope Starbucks doesn’t come out with a Roach Milk Macchiato any time soon.



Source: FXw, Science Alert

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Hack Your Lactose Intolerant Body With These Tips To Enjoy Dairy

Maybe your struggle with lactose intolerance defined most of your eating habits for years or perhaps you finally realized your lattes don’t have your stomach’s best interests at heart (the delicious bastards). Whatever the case, as a long-time sufferer of unusual intestinal reactions, I know your pain.

Luckily for you, I’ve dealt with all the embarrassing gurgles and side-clutching spasms in order to save you from yourself. My five years of trial and error need not go in vain.


Are you even lactose-intolerant?

lactose intolerant

Before you heed any of my sage advice, you should check with your doctor to see if you actually have a milk allergy. I may be intolerant to guys who wear trilby hats, but I’ve never gone into an anaphylactic shock from them brushing against me.


Don’t cut out dairy


Going cold turkey will just make your inevitable moment of weakness incredibly uncomfortable. I went a month without any dairy only to be struck down by a creme brûlée cheesecake. Decadence never hurt so good.

Start out by having small doses of dairy on a daily basis and increase the amounts as you start to notice fading symptoms.  Progress will be long and slow, but now, as soon as I enter certain restaurants, servers start slicing up cheesecake.


Grab some chocolate milk


Flavored and whole milk contain more fat which softens the Ronda Rousey-force lactose blow to your stomach. Chocolate milk, in addition to being a time machine to your childhood, can also prevent your other muscles from cramping up after a workout.

You’d think the low-fat or low percentage milk would treat you right, but you’re just getting the same dose of lactose with half the flavor.


Change your cheese habits


Pick up some Brie (unicorn milk aged and curdled by a fairy godmother) and other aged cheeses like Cheddar, Swiss, and Parmesan. Truth be told, most cheese contains very little lactose, but if this is a sensitive area in your diet, buy sharp/extra sharp Cheddar instead of mild because they age for much longer. The fresher the cheese, the more likely you’ll turn into a hot air balloon.


Quit the cow bias


Sheep and goat’s milk/cheese have comparable lactose levels to cow’s milk, but many people find them much easier to digest. Try them on their own before you add any to sauces or other recipes; they’re much creamier bases.


You can gain tolerance


Not of trilby hats, that’s unforgivable. Nowadays, I can have a gigantic milkshake and as much pizza as I want on a first date without feeling like the Alien is about tear through my abdomen. If you get your body to grow accustomed to lactose, every day doesn’t have to be soy/almond/tofu alternatives (not that there’s anything wrong with those).

Consuming entire bricks/wheels of night cheese a la Liz Lemon is still a forever alone activity, but honestly, it’s worth it.


Taiwan’s Light Bulb Bubble Tea Goes Viral After Using A Great Business Strategy


Taiwan has unleashed a new bubble tea trend that employs the help of some actual “bobas”, known to be originally translated from the word “buxom ladies”.


The bubble tea is served in light bulb shaped glasses, but it’s probably more about who is serving the tea that has netizens, particularly in Thailand, going crazy for it.


I mean, it’s not like it takes an expert to copy the “hot worker” trend in Asia.


It’s a solid, tried and true business strategy, but we are sure the bubble tea is good too.


Written by NextShark || H/T: Shanghaiist