For guilt-free cheese try Yaks !

FOND of cheese but depressed about it's high level of saturated fats ? Now there's a healthier alternative: yak cheese !
Mamun Or-Rashdie at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues compared the fatty-acid content of cheese made from a Nepalese yak's milk and a standard Canadian cheddar.
They found that the yak cheese had a lower overall fat content and compared with cow's milk cheese, contained much higher levels of hearth-healthly "good fats" such as conjugated linoleic acids (CLA) and omega-3 fatty acids (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, DOI:10.1021/jf0725225).

Some of the difference is due to the yak's diet of pasture grasses and shurbs, which gives their milk a better fatty-acid profile than that from anilmals raised on industrial grain-based feed. However, the yak cheese had even higher levels of these beneficial fats than pastured-fed cattle, says Or-Rashid. And, he adds, it tastes good, with delicate flavour.

Though yaks are not common dairy animals outside the Himalayan highlands, Or-Rashid suggests cold-climate farmers elsewhere might like try them out.

(New Scientists 22.03.2008, p.18)
Yak milking somewhere in the Himalayas..

Recently discovered cave drawings shed new light on YAIM's past

Professor S. W. Irwin - leading archeologist of a T2 university - says he has found unquestionable proofs for a much earlier existence of the special yak race Yodipus yodiensis . The discovery of new cave drawings dates back the beginning of the Yak's history by more than 10.000 years - an uncredible jump in archeology which immediately raises up a lot of new mysterious questions to be answered by forthcoming scientific research.

After a search of more than 2 years S.W. Irwin says he has found an important message from the past. The message dates back to an ancient era, - a time well before the Classic SE or the plain grid proxy - and was apparently written in a pre-LCFGng dialect, but clearly shows how the Yak was influencing the distributed efforts of the community of that time.

"I had to keep my breath for several seconds, when I discovered the drawing" - professor S.W. Irwin said.

"We have to re-evaluate the influence of the ancient civilizations on our community and clarify the missing pieces of the 10.000 years long history suddenly passed. This should be top priority !" - he continued.

Some of the colleagues of the professor expressed strong criticism concerning his work, criticism which may or may not be valid , but finally the scientific community arrived to a consensus that the work has to be continued...

Yak Scientific - 18, march, 2008

The recently discoverd cave drawings - beginning of a new past ?
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