Rosalie F. Tayurang
There are articles that feature the negative impact of drinking milk on our health such as fracture risks and being a pro-inflammatory which leads to acne. Also, you might have heard that it can trigger bloating and other discomfortable digestive issues. While this finding holds true to some extent, it is not the absolute causal-factor at all as there can have some counterparts that went along leading to this effect according to medical researchers. Drinking milk remains beneficial to our health as it is a good source of proteins, calcium, potassium, Vitamin D, and magnesium. Potassium helps to maintain blood pressure and Vitamin D helps the body to:
Moreover, these nutrients in the milk reduce the risks of developing the following alarming health conditions such as the cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
The study led by Dr. Mark Houston, director of the Hypertension Institute at St. Thomas Hospital in Tennessee, shows that the increase of potassium intake and decreasing sodium can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
There is sugar in milk called lactose. It has to be split into glucose and galactose for the absorption into the bloodstream. However, it needs a Lactase n enzymes to make this happen which are abundant in the infants. This means that as adults, we lose the ability to digest properly the lactose (sugar in milk). In view of this fact, around 75 percent of the world's population and about 25 percent of the people in the U.S. lose the ability to produce digestive lactase enzymes.
Besides, the whole milk and many dairy products are high in saturated fat which raise "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in the blood leading to coronary disease. It is therefore recommended to limit the intake of foods high in saturated fat. You may opt to nutritious alternative of cows milk such as yogurt and kefir.
Note: The jury is out on whether dairy is good or bad for you; the arguments for and against are ongoing, and the health effects vary between individuals. However, for the most part, evidence shows that dairy consumption has many benefits according to several scientific studies as follows:
Note: A new study suggests that people with a genetic intolerance to lactose should increase their intake of non-dairy foods rich in vitamin D, after finding that they are more likely to have low levels of the essential nutrient. Study co-author Ahmed El-Sohemy, a professor of nutrition at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in Canada, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the Journal of Nutrition.
Breast cancer: Researchers have found that eating high amounts of cheddar and cream cheeses may increase women's risk of breast cancer, but a high intake of yogurt may reduce risk of the disease. Lead study author Susan McCann, Ph.D., of the Department of Cancer Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Current Developments in Nutrition.
Warning!: Cow's milk may contain residues of hormones and antibiotics, as well as dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) which will cause health problems on the nervous system, reproductive system, and immune system - even cancers. Exposing infants under one year old to cow's milk will predispose them to lactose allergy in the future and type 1 diabetes.
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