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A surprising number of adults think brown cows make chocolate milk

Seven percent of all adults in America believe that brown cows produce chocolate milk, according to an online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. That’s about 16.4 million misinformed folks who don’t know that chocolate milk is made of milk, cocoa and sugar. It’s jaw dropping for most of us, but for decades, educators and observers of all things agriculture have been telling us that we’re basically illiterate when it comes to what’s on our kitchen table. Many people don’t stop to consider where their food is grown or how it gets to the store — or, like chocolate milk, how it’s made. On study commissioned in the early ’90s found that nearly 1 in 5 adults didn’t know hamburgers are beef. Even more adults didn’t know basic farming facts and practices such as what animals eat or how big a U.S. farm typically is. Seemingly, not…

Meet the world’s first Milk Sommelier

At a time when Millennials are taking food to to ridiculous heights — drinking perfect latte art out of an avocado, anyone? — it’s easy to see how the job of a Milk Sommelier can actually exists. Bas de Groot is the world’s one and only milk sommelier as far as he’s aware. You might mock it, but he does actually has some smart things to say about the world’s favorite white dairy drink. “It’s a liquid of serious complexity akin to a fine wine,” Groot says in a mini-doc by CNN’s Great Big Story. “The main thing I do is tell the story of the rich diversity of milk.” Groot hosts an on-screen tasting at Clover Dairy Farm in California with farmer John Bucher. Just like a wine sommelier’s knowledge of a specific region’s soil, Groot credits the farm’s soil, plants and farmer’s practices with imparting specific flavors to the cow’s milk. “Milk and wine are…

Non-cows milk linked to shorter kids, new study finds

“Got Milk?” isn’t such a simple question in today’s grocery store. Beyond the old skim or 2% battle, there are so many other options out there. Soy? Almond? Rice? What was once the simplest of transactions, with a one-size-fits-all home delivery from the milkman, has become pretty darn complicated. But a new study falls in favors of traditional cow’s milk. It turns out Mom was right in telling you you’ll get taller if you drink your milk — but only if that was cow’s milk. A study published this week in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that kids who drank non-cows milks had shorter statures than their cow milk drinking peers. Canadian researchers studied 5,034 healthy kids ages two to six over several years. They tracked what type and how much milk the children were consuming, and found that each cup of non-cow’s milk consumed was associated with 0.15 inches (0.4 centimeters) lower…

Homemade horchata adds authenticity to your Cinco de Mayo feast

In the Southwest, horchata is sold in convenience stores right alongside Coca-a-Cola. It’s sold in strip malls, Mexican taquerias and even makes a regular appearance at simple family gatherings. But I must admit, growing up in the Northeast, I was too long sheltered from the taste of this sweet, cinnamon-laden Mexican rice milk. I now order the creamy, cinnamon bespeckled beverage every chance I get, and rarely have I had a Northern friend in my presence who has tried it before. I encourage them to take a taste, and they are instantly hooked. Here’s my recipe for homemade horchata because sometimes in the Northeast, it’s just too long before you can find the good stuff. Double (or triple!) the recipe, and serve this up at your Cinco de Mayo feast for a taste of authenticity. Horchata Serves 6 Ingredients 1 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain white rice 2 cinnamon sticks 4 cups water, divided evenly in 2 2 cups milk (I…