I've attended a year at an American high school as teenager and so I got to know that drinking milk for lunch is kind of a big thing. At least in schools. Many of my high school friends in the US drank milk along with their school lunch. This has always puzzled me because it's a tradition that doesn't exist here in Europe. At my high school in Switzerland, we just had a table with free mineral water where we could serve ourselves. So, I know it's a tradition in America and I'm not trying to be ignorant or insulting but isn't milk a little strange? Don't get me wrong, I loooove milk. I come from Switzerland, so dairy is what flows through my veins. I would quit drinking alcohol and become a vegetarian before letting go of dairy products. But still... can you imagine a universe where Gordan Ramsay goes like "yeah, Pizza and milk or Taccos and milk or salad with french dressing and milk or spaghetti with tomato sauce and milk... those all sound like amazing combinations". It just doesn't fit in my opinion. What do you think?
Most Helpful Girl
I find it disgusting how people drink milk with pasta or like steak and ew! They just don't go. I find it very strange, but I'm Canadian and they do that here, also. It's absolutely disgusting.1
Most Helpful Guy
People eat differently in different places, simple as that. I'm sure every region of the world has things in their diet that seem weird to others. So no, I don't think it's strange because I grew up drinking milk and still drink a fair amount of it.
Also, if you look at the history of it - well I don't know the distant history either - but milk was considered one of the "four basic food groups" for a long time. Those food groups came about not necessarily because they were the best diet, but to address specific nutritional problems.
In the US, this happened during WW2. It was the first time in (US) history that large scale medical examinations were done. Millions of military being drafted for the war, and they all had medical exams. That's a really big sample size!!!
With such large numbers being examined, some patterns emerged. Some of those patterns were diet related. So the gov came up with nutritional guidelines to address it. Foods like milk and meat were stressed to address specific problems.
Over time diets changed. It turned out that people were eating too MUCH meat instead of too little. So the recommendations were changed to include less meat and dairy, and more veggies and grains (the current food pyramid). The milk at schools is kind of a legacy from when milk was considered an important part of the diet to address specific concerns.
OK OK I'll shut up and go back to my game. :P1