With the mountain of information we’re presented with every day, it can be very difficult to know which foods are good for us and which aren’t. It seems like every week or so, new “proof” comes out about some food or drink.
One day, eating butter is bad for us. The next, it’s shown to have no effect on our blood cholesterol levels at all. One day, eating eggs is a strict no-no. The next, we’re told to eat them by the dozen because they’re so good for us. So what are we supposed to believe among the propaganda that gets thrown out by companies and their marketing departments?
When it comes to cow’s milk, we’ve been told from infancy to drink up because it’ll give us strong bones and teeth. But as time goes on, more and more information is coming to light to suggest that consuming dairy might not be such a good idea.
Problems such as digestive issues and weight gain have been associated with dairy, and with the massive rise in milk alternatives, there are plenty more options to choose from. So what does drinking cow’s milk do to our bodies? Should we be looking for alternatives? We asked the experts.
Dairy milk gives you acne
Because dairy has been shown to cause inflammation, drinking milk every day can lead to acne that never clears up. So if you suffer from acne, consider cutting down on the amount of milk you drink. If you still want to do dairy, plain yogurt does not have the inflammatory effects of plain milk, so it’s a good choice. Milk kefir, which is fermented, will have no inflammatory effects.
Dairy milk causes bloating
Even if you aren’t actually lactose-intolerant, dairy milk can cause severe bloating. Even just a bit of half-and-half in your morning coffee could leave you bloated for the whole day. And it gets worse as we get older and our digestive system changes as a result of aging. If you want to lighten your tea or coffee, soy milk is a good alternative and is packed with protein and various vitamins. It might take a little getting used to, but it’s worth the effort if dairy’s making you bloated.
Dairy milk causes digestive problems
While bloating’s uncomfortable, it’s not usually something to worry about. But according to experts, the milk we buy today is highly processed and pasteurized and contains both good and bad bacteria. This can lead to microbial imbalance in the digestive system, which can cause various digestive problems and even symptoms such as migraines and brain fog.
On the plus side …
On the plus side of the argument, milk can build lean muscle and is a good source of protein. It’s also an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium. While you can get calcium in other foods, many Americans are vitamin D-deficient, so milk is a good solution to this problem.