Is Milk really bad for you?

When I was a child, I loved it when it rained, because when it rained I ate cookies and drank some delicious milk.

Milk has always been a comfort food to me and I continued to enjoy the beverage well into my adulthood.

Now I keep reading about the health risks of drinking milk and how milk substitutes like almond milk is better for you.

How harmful is milk to your health?

Milk has long been linked to various health benefits including strong bones and teeth.

Nutrients in Milk include protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D.

Calcium is needed for strong bones and potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys, and other organs to function.

The case against the consumption of milk states that milk is high in calories increasing the risk of obesity.

Studies have linked the consumption of milk and increased cancer risk, increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Milk consumption has been linked to skin conditions such as acne and lactose intolerance.

The nutrients derived from milk can also be gotten from plant-based foods like green leafy vegetables, vegetables and legumes.

Foods that are rich in these nutrients include spinach, tomatoes, avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, beans, citrus fruits and green vegetables.

So does this mean that milk is bad for my health?

Well as with numerous studies there have also been various studies that show that consuming milk can actually help improve one’s health.

It is recommended by Dentists to strengthen teeth.

It has been linked to an improvement in the blood pressure of hypertensive patients and improved weight management.

So we have, different studies showing contradicting results.

So is milk bad or good for you?

As with most things in life it is recommended that you consume this comforting beverage in moderation.

Ways to minimize the possible health risks linked to the consumption of milk include the following:

Go for the low fat option instead of full cream cow’s milk.

Increase your consumption of the various milk alternatives such as almond milk and soy milk.

What are milk alternatives available?

Soy milk: This is the milk derived from soybeans. It is a common alternative to cow’s milk especially for lactose intolerant people.

Almond milk: This is the milk derived from the almond nut. Commonly touted as a “super” food, it is a good alternative to cow’s milk.

Coconut Milk:This is the milk derived from the meat of the coconut seed. Though high in saturated fat, it does not raise cholesterol levels so it is a good alternative to cow’s milk.

Rice Milk: This is milk derived from the rice grain. It does not contain as many nutrients as the other alternatives, but it is good alternative for people who are allergic to soy and nuts.

Oat milk: This is the milk derived from oat grain. Though not as nutritious as soy milk it is consumed as an alternative to cow’s milk.

Hemp Milk: This is the milk derived from hemp seed. Though not as nutritious as soy milk it is consumed as an alternative to cow’s milk.

 

Photo by SOMMAI. Published on 08 September 2013
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