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Is Dairy Bad For You ? – Backed By Scientific Research

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Many products that we love to eat contain dairy nowadays, it is either a great source of calcium and vitamin D essential for bone health or a harmful processed food that should be avoided at all costs according to many experts and sources. Although, not all dairy products are the same and will vary greatly depending on how the cows were raised and how the dairy is processed. Furthermore, the adverse effects that studies/experts have claimed that dairy can do to you really depends on the individual and their genetics.

The Pros

Contains Many Beneficial Nutrients

Dairy products contain high amounts vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, Potassium and phosphorus. It also contains smaller amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, selenium, zinc and magnesium. As you can probably tell dairy products are very nutritious and contain nutrients that are especially important for healthy bones. In addition having too much sodium and not enough potassium in your diet can lead to high blood pressure, so milk/dairy products are great for increasing your potassium intake.

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Fat From Dairy Has Positive Effects On Health

The fat from dairy products are very complex because it contains hundreds of different fatty acids and many of these fatty acids can have a positive effect on your health. These effects will depend on how the cows were raised though, for example the dairy of cows that are raised grass-fed contain more Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K2. If your lactose intolerant and unable to consume dairy products and still want to be able to take in the nutrients from these fatty acids this supplement will solve that problem for you: Click Here For The Review

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It is important to remember that these healthy fats/vitamins are not present in skimmed dairy products and only the full fat dairy products contain them.

The Cons

Not Suitable For Lactose Intolerant People

Dairy products contain a carbohydrate known as lactose and from the ages of 0-2 years old our bodies produce an enzyme that breaks down the lactose from milk. As we get older many of us will lose the ability to do this and if you’re one of these people consuming dairy products may lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and other related symptoms.

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The Myths

Increases Acne And Risk Of Prostate Cancer

Some dairy products especially cow’s milk is added with IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor) and consuming dairy products is apparently linked to increase acne and risk of prostate cancer. There have been many studies that suggest this, but the evidence is actually very weak and inconsistent.

Calcium In Dairy Increases Bone Strength/Health Preventing Fracture Risks

Since dairy products contain high amounts of calcium and calcium is the main mineral in your bones it only seems logical that it increases bone health, but eating dairy has never been shown to reduce fracture risks. Although many dairy products contain vitamin D and studies have shown that vitamin D is more important than calcium when preventing fractures.

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If your still unsure about whether dairy products are good or bad for you leave your question below in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Is Dairy Bad For You ? – Backed By Scientific Research

  1. I think this is such an interesting question. I once saw a very famous comedian ask the question, “Milk. Is it good for you or bad for you?” The audience was silent. He said, “I rest my case!” It’s so hard to know what is good for you and what is bad for you these days. It seems like something as wholesome as milk would definitely be good for you, but as you point out in your blog there are many pros and cons of dairy.

    1. It really depends on the individual and their genetics so if you’re not sure whether milk is good or bad for you, stop consuming dairy for 30 days and then reintroduce it back into your diet to see how your body feels and reacts to it.

  2. I’m probably someone who needs to cut back on my overall dairy intake, ESPECIALLY when it comes to cheese.

    Curious question, what other forms of milk would you recommend? I personally really enjoy the taste of vanilla soy milk that I get from the store and I would like to try to become a vegan one day. so that’s among many reasons why I’m trying to decrease my dairy intake. I personally can’t drink almond as I can’t consume anything relating to nuts.

    1. If you can’t drink milk containing nuts then you could try rice milk or oat milk. They both contain no nuts or dairy and is very nutritious.

  3. For the past several years most of the media have been claiming that 2% milk is better for you than Whole milk. It has something to do with too much growth hormone. Although almost everything the media says must be taken with a grain of salt, what is my opinion? Personally, I think whole milk is better for you since there is more in the milk because 2% milk to me is diluted. I think that most people are clueless about this as well.

    I very much like your article and will be returning to learn more about what I am ingesting.

    1. So many people believe what the media says without doing the research on there own and this can really harm them, especially about nutrition. So it’s important for us to help inform these people with the correct information.

  4. I am kind of split on this topic. I do believe that the benefits of milk far outweigh the supposed drawbacks to drinking milk. I have been drinking milk all my life and I have had a fairly healthy life for most of my 60+ years. I did cut back to 1% as I got older to cut back on the fat in the milk which after reading your article I guess I have cut back on some of the benefits of drinking milk.

    As with many things in life no one thing can please or be good for everyone.

    For me I will continue to drink milk because there is nothing better than a nice cold glass of milk.

  5. I’ve heard mixed reviews about how good/bad milk is for you. i understand that it definitely has it’s drawbacks with their being high amounts of lactose and then I hear about the benefits with the protein and the vitamins. Have you seen a documentary called forks over knives? It’s on Netflix. It talks about dairy in that documentary and has some very interesting points.

  6. Hey Andrew,
    Great piece of article on dairy. I personally believe consuming dairy products has more pros than cons. With regards to it potentially causing acne, I don’t believe it does as I have been eating dairy products since I was born and although I suffered from acne in my teen years, I doubt it was one of the causes of it. I still consume dairy products to this day and am perfectly fine. If anything, dairy products have helped with the growth of my bones and muscle density. Lactose Intolerant people, it’s a shame 🙁

  7. Hi Andrew.

    Your site looks good, and so does your writing.

    Personally I love all sorts of dairy. I probably drink somewhere between 1 and 2 litres of milk a day, and with a wife and 3 children who love milk, we consume close to 5 liters every single day.

    None of us has ever been bothered by acne, no allergies and no broken bones, even though I have been active in sports, mainly soccer, for most of my life.

    I have always believed that drinking milk strengthens the bones, in my case at least nothing points to the contrary.

    Keep up the good work !

    Ossur

    1. Dam 1-2 litres of milk a day is a lot haha, seems like you prove all the points about dairy being bad for you wrong 🙂

  8. I have found that nowadays you don’t really know how the animals that you are getting your milk from are treated. I don’t want to support an industry that abuses the animals so sticking to coconut milk or almond milk seems better to me. Also have you heard about milk being full of puss from the cows ? Gross !

    1. Yes coconut milk and almond milk are great alternatives. Also I haven’t heard about milk being full of puss so I’ll do some research on that and get back to you.

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