Milk and other dairy products are a great balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates. Milk happens to also be an excellent source of essential nutrients such as calcium, riboflavin, phosphorous, vitamins A, D and B12 not to mention pantothenic acid. No wonder it has earned the reputation as an excellent source of nutrients for healthy teeth and bones.
There are many different types of milk on your local supermarket shelf, and this can sometimes seem a bit confusing. Let’s break them down for you:
Milk and other dairy products are one of the best natural sources of calcium. Just three servings of dairy (a glass of milk, a small tub of yogurt or a small piece of cheese) will provide all the calcium most people will need in a day.
Numerous studies examining the role of diet and cancer have not shown any link to dairy foods. In fact, milk may actually have a protective effect against some types of cancer.
There is also a lot of evidence that suggests high-calcium diets (including milk and dairy products) can actually lower your risk of colon cancer. In a recent study, men who drank more than 1 and a half glasses of milk per day lowered their risk of developing colon cancer by 33%. There is also exciting preliminary data suggesting that drinking milk can lower the risk of breast cancer.
There’s a common misconception that milk and dairy products contribute to weight gain and obesity. Recently, researchers found evidence that shows dairy could even control your weight.
After childhood, some people lose the ability to digest lactose, a sugar found naturally in milk. To learn a bit more about lactose intolerance, click here.
A 10-year study of 3 000 overweight adults found that consuming dairy products like milk, instead of refined sugars and carbohydrates, may help protect overweight young adults from developing type 2 diabetes.
There is no evidence to suggest that milk or dairy products cause acne or aggravate it. In fact, there isn’t even convincing evidence to show that chocolate and fried foods such as chips cause spots. Genetics, hormonal imbalances and skin type are rather cited as the main reasons for acne.