Is drinking milk bad for you? Why reasons drinking milk might not be as good for as you thought
For many years the milk production industry has been telling us how good cow’s milk is good for us and how it helps to maintain healthy bones and teeth, but, could they have been misleading us about the health benefits of milk? There is no doubt that milk is good for growing children, but some people are now doubting just how beneficial drinking milk really is for adults. Some research has even suggested that drinking milk regularly could shorten your life. If you drink milk every day, you might want to read on, because we have ten reasons why drinking milk may well not be as good for you as you thought it was.
1. Milk can make you bloated
When we are very young, our bodies are designed to be able to cope with, and digest milk, but as we grow older, we lose our ability to digest it properly. Drinking milk in adulthood is not natural to us, so the milk sits in the stomach for too long and the sugars in it ferment, which can cause bloating and gas.
2. It doesn’t make your bones any stronger
When you are a child, your bones are still growing, so the calcium in milk is needed to promote the healthy development of new bones. When we grow older, though, we get more than enough calcium from a balanced, healthy diet, so the extra calcium that milk provides is just not needed anymore. In one study that looked at 61,000 women, they found no evidence at all that the milk drinkers had any fewer broken bones in their lifetime, than those who did not drink milk.
3. Milk can cause acne
The fact that drinking cow’s milk can cause breakouts is not just a myth. In 2007, the Harvard School of Public Health carried out a study that proved there is a definite link between the drinking of milk and the occurrence of acne. The researchers found that cow’s milk aggravated existing cases of acne and, in some cases, caused new breakouts.
4. It can cause you to put on weight
Drinking milk daily could cause you to gain weight, even if you drink skimmed or semi-skimmed milk. In a study that was conducted in children, it was found that there was a direct correlation between the amount of milk they drank and the weight that they put on. Surprisingly, the researchers also found that substituting soda with milk made very little difference to the children’s weight gain.
5. Milk increases the risk of heart disease
All dairy products are high in cholesterol and saturated fats, and that can lead to clogging of arteries and heart disease. Even just a single glass of 2% milk contains just as much fat as three rashers of bacon. Given that there is no bone health benefit to drinking milk, the increased risk of heart disease that it can cause might just make a lot of people think twice about drinking so much of it.
6. Milk increases the production of phlegm
One of the less critical, but still unpleasant side effects of drinking milk is that it causes the body to produce more phlegm. Many people find that, when they stop drinking cow’s milk, their nose and chest becomes a lot clearer. If you are producing too much phlegm, it can upset your digestive system too.
7. It increases the mortality rate in women with breast cancer
The consumption of high fat dairy products, like milk, has also been linked to an increased mortality rate in women with breast cancer. A study called the Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study found that, just one half a serving of high fat milk products a day, posed a significant increase in the risk factor. This was thought to have been due to the estrogenic hormones that are found in milk fats.
8. Cow’s milk contains antibiotics and hormones
Farmers regularly use artificial hormones to increase a cow’s yield of milk and they also use antibiotics to reduce inflammation of the cow’s mammary glands and to treat mastitis. Traces of these containments have been found in milk, along with traces of pesticides. Such toxins have been linked with cancer and can affect the kidneys and urinary tract.
9. Milk can increase the risk of ovarian cancer
When the lactose in milk is digested in the body, it breaks down into galactose, which is thought to be toxic to the cells in the ovaries. A study of women that was conducted in Iowa demonstrated that women who drank milk every day had more than seventy percent more chance of developing ovarian cancer, than those who did not drink milk.
10. Milk allergy
Some people are simply allergic to milk and the allergy is more common than you might have thought. Around one third of the population are allergic to milk and, for those who are, drinking milk can lead to stomach pain and vomiting and it can cause a fatal anaphylactic reaction.