Hindus use milk and its products for religious purposes because it is believed to have purifying qualities: ghee, or clarified butter, is used in lamps for rituals; milk is used to bathe Hindu idols on special occasions; sweets made from milk or ghee are used as offerings to gods.
Why does India consume so much milk?
One of the main reasons, India is the highest producer of milk, is that it imports a lot of European cows and cross-breeds them with local varieties. But the most crucial reason is that India has had a successful decades-long programme to source milk from small farmers through cooperatives.
Why do Indians put milk in their tea?
Indians, whose tea culture is much younger than the Chinese, and is very strongly influenced by the British, when making Masala Chai also use half milk, half water to brew the tea. Some say that adding the milk to the cup first before adding the tea can insulate the china cup from thermal shock, and prevent cracking.
How much milk do Indians consume?
Per capita consumption of milk over 30 days was 4.333 litres (1.145 US gal) for rural households and 5.422 litres (1.432 US gal) for urban households as of 2011–12.
Which country is No 1 in milk production?
India is the world’s largest milk producer, with 22 percent of global production, followed by the United States of America, China, Pakistan and Brazil.
Why do Hindu drink cow milk?
One of the reasons cow is sacred in India, is because a cow nourishes people (with milk) just like a mother nourishes babies. So cows are almost treated like mother.
Is it OK to drink tea without milk?
A surprising study by German scientists has revealed that adding milk to tea stops its ability to dilate blood vessels and give antioxidant benefits, two protective factors for a healthy heart and cardiovascular system.
Can Native Americans digest milk?
Up to 65 percent of people in the world are unable to digest lactose, with that number rising to 90 percent within certain ethnic groups. Data show that approximately 79 percent of Native Americans are lactose intolerant.
Which race is lactose intolerant?
Lactose intolerance in adulthood is most prevalent in people of East Asian descent, with 70 to 100 percent of people affected in these communities. Lactose intolerance is also very common in people of West African, Arab, Jewish, Greek, and Italian descent.