Yes, milk: “It is the only substance designed specifically by evolution to nourish mammals, and scientists have recently become aware of its various, long-term health-promotional features.

A recent conference on the future uses of milk was told about research showing how proteins in it lower blood pressure, prevent cancer and improve immune function. Milk has also been shown to speed the uptake of hard-to-absorb nutrients such as iron, promote the growth of good stomach bacteria, fatten infants without generally turning them obese and, in its cheese form, act as kind of natural tooth-decay inhibitor.

‘The problem is that we don’t know in molecular detail how milk is able to provide most of these benefits,’ Prof. German says. ‘Without knowing these, it is impossible to manage them.’

And thus was born the idea for the Milk Genome Project.” —Globe and Mail