Almost every single day, members of our families from youngest to oldest consume milk. It has become a habit to not go a day without drinking even just a single glass because milk has so many health benefits that is good for our body.
But, are the information on the label of milk products really true or are they just part of a marketing strategy to increase sales?
Let’s take a look at five common claims about dairy products:
Myth 1: Milk builds strong bones.
The linking of the dairy products to bone health is one of the most prevalent milk myths. One large-scale Harvard study followed 72,000 women for two decades, the conductors of the study found no evidence that drinking milk can prevent bone fractures or osteoporosis. Another study conducted on 96,000 people found that the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they experience as adults. Likewise, another study found that adolescent girls who consumed the most calcium, mostly in the form of dairy products, were at greater risk for stress fractures than those consuming less calcium.
Myth 2: Drinking milk can help you lose weight.
Advertisers led us to the belief that drinking milk can contribute to weight loss.However, studies consistently prove that dairy products have no direct link to weight control. In fact, one major study even found that dairy products might lead to weight gain. In 2005, the Physicians Committee petitioned to put an immediate end to the dairy industry’s misleading campaigns and ads about milk and weight control. The government no longer allows advertising campaigns to claim that dairy products lead to weight loss in response to their petition.
Myth 3: Milk is “nature’s perfect food.”
Cow’s milk can never be an ideal food for humans, whether newborn or grown-ups. More than 60 percent of people are lactose intolerant, this means that when these people drink milk, it can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like cramping, diarrhea, and bloating. Regular consumption of dairy products has also been linked to prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
Myth 4: Kids need milk to be healthy.
Breastmilk is still the best for babies, no other kind of dairy product can replace the nutrients that a baby can get from breastfeeding. Milk consumption during childhood has even been linked to colic and type 1 diabetes. Another study found no evidence that low-fat milk plays any role in preventing childhood obesity.
Myth 5: Milk is heart-healthy.
Artery-clogging saturated fat is mostly present in milk and other dairy products. Milk products also contain dietary cholesterol. Diets high in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease.
In conclusion, dairy milk products do not guarantee good health benefits, it fact it can cause harm and risk. It is actually the plant-based milks that provides calcium and other nutrients claimed to be found in cow’s milk.
“Did you know that in Medieval England parents would tie rabbits’ feet around their babies’ necks to ward off illness? Doctors would also spit on wounds because saliva was believed to have healing properties.
Indeed, history is replete with unfounded health beliefs, and to everyone’s detriment, the milk myth is among the most tenacious.”
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