Cain Marko wrote:Actually, the above dairy products are always recommended to be used sparsely by most ayurvedic vaidyas I have dealt with. Usually for special occasions or as naivedya/prasadam. Or it was seasonal.... Yogurt for example is mainly recommended only during summer and that too only during day time..
And direct consumption of milk is almost never recommended, especially for grown ups. Too many restrictions, for example, milk shouldn't be consumed with fruit.
No wonder many Indians are lactose intolerant.
Meat itself was rarely consumed and only few traditions, normally associated with Shakti forms sacrificed animals. And these were never large animals like cattle or pigs, which when farmed on large scale, are major contributors to warming.
In any case my point was that India was almost vegan or at least vegetarian.
I don't know about almost vegan. Curd and rice is very common. In many places curd/yogurt is served along side with vegetables. Drinks like lassi are also very common too.
I've not dealt with Ayurvedic vaidyas directly, but dairy consumption from ancient times has been a source of necessary fat and protein. I do agree used less often. I've not come across milk restriction for adults either. As it stands today, India is the largest producer of bovine milk in the world by far, and IMHO, that shouldn't change for the sake of climate change.
Meat consumption in the west is too high due to industrial slaughter which has political patronage. The biggest problem with buying meat in India, including chicken, is that much of it is from Halal butchers. Aside from that, I don't see a problem with meat consumption in India as large scale industrial slaughter is something most people will frown upon.