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Is Milk Good Or Bad For You? Let’s Settle The Matter Once and For All.

That’s the big question. A Jamaican friend in UK ( I hope he’s reading this) once gave me a lengthy lecture on the conspiracy around milk and why you should avoid it like a plaque. There were others on carrots and co….! However, let’s  get to the heart of the matter.

The milk industry and the health-conscious consumer has faced  the question of whether it is healthy to  drink milk at all with proponents on both sides of the question using nutritional support to bamboozle us in their cases for and against traditional cow’s milk. Is diary as good as some say or as bad as others say?

Medical Facts

Research that supports avoiding milk uses a variety of compelling statistics to make their point. A single serving of whole milk, “contains 20% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of saturated fats and up to 24 mg of cholesterol. Because dairy products contribute to the overall saturated fat, calorie, and cholesterol content of the diet, they also contribute to increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes ).” Other studies show a relationship between consumption of milk and other diary products and prostate cancer in men and ovarian cancer in women. Also, 75% of the world’s adult population are intolerant to lactose the sugar found in many milk products. This suggests that the human body is not suited to extended consumption of milk.

On the other hand, milk is one of the most nutrient-rich beverages that can be consumed. It has a lot of nutritional benefits that we need: calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamins B1 and B6, selenium, zinc and magnesium. These complex set of fatty acid found in milk are also beneficial to our health. Research indicate link between diary milk consumption and lowered risk of hypertension, certain types of cancer and coronary heart disease. For bone health, evidence supports that calcium from dairy promotes bone density, limits osteoporosis, and prevents fractures in the elderly population. That’s the paradox that science has not been able to explain.

In other words, some say it is good and others say it is not. Phew!

What about plant-based milk?
According to WebMD Health Day News report, Almond milk, soy milk, rice milk and coconut milk may all offer lactose-free alternatives to cow’s milk, but new research suggests that the dairy version remains the most nutritious option. This was based on a Canadian analysis that compared the nutritional value of a single serving of the four most popular plant-based milks compared to cow’s milk.

Comparing The Plant-based Milk to Cow Milk: The Findings!
While coconut milk is low in calories and gets good marks for taste, it offers consumers zero protein and comes loaded with saturated fats.

Similarly, almond milk was also low in calories and given high marks for taste, while providing a range of fat, carbohydrates and protein comparable to cow’s milk. However, it posed a potential problem for those with nut allergies.

Rice milk ranked comparably with cow’s milk in terms of caloric content, but contained more sugar and did not provide an equivalent range of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

And soy milk was deemed to be lacking in taste and posed a potential problem for those with a soy allergy. But it was found to be rich in protein, while offering a similar balance of fat and carbs to cow’s milk.

“All in all, soy milk is the closest in terms of nutrients to cow’s milk,” said Vanga.

But, he added, “plant-based milks do not have a similar nutritional profile [as cow’s milk] and should not be looked at like a direct substitute, as most of the consumers see it now.”

Lona Sandon, program director of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, agrees. Hear what she says.

Plant-based milk alternatives can play a role in the diet, especially for people living with cow’s milk allergies or lactose intolerance. However, they are not nutritionally superior, and do not deserve the health halo many people put on them, or clever marketing would like you to believe.”

Nutritionally speaking, cow’s milk is still the go-to beverage that has a balanced profile,” said Vanga, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of bioresource engineering with the faculty of agriculture and environmental sciences at McGill University in Quebec.

Cow’s milk is packed with protein and other key nutrients, including fat and carbohydrates. It also contains some antimicrobial properties, and has been shown to help infants fight off fever and respiratory infections, the researchers said.

However, it does raise some health concerns as it can carry harmful pathogens, including salmonella and  E.coli, and many infants and children are allergic to it. As said earlier, many adults are lactose-intolerant: meaning they do not have enough of a digestive tract enzyme essential to processing food laden with lactose such as cow’s milk. This is more common among blacks, Asians and Native Americans.

What’s the conclusion?

Listen to Lona  Sandon again, “the negative hype about cow’s milk has not been found to be justified.”

When it comes to milk, you can choose the low-fat option and for those with lactose-intolerance, there are plenty of  lactose-free cow’s milk option in the market.

We at Herbal Paradise believe in the dictum: Modus omnibus in rebus.

And if you enjoy milk as much as I do especially on a hot cup of milo, why can’t you enjoy life? We have what it takes to flush the system of strangers. A daily spoon of Herbal Paradise in your drink (milk inclusive) drives all the dangers away. Plus we recommend taking Soya Milk, its the closest to cow milk nutritionally speaking…Ehmm ..hmm.

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In case you are wondering what the latin means, here it is free of charge: Moderation in all things.

Some of the research findings used courtesy webmd, kqed and physicians committee for responsible medicine.

If you want to delve deeper into this, listen to this Podcast courtesy Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine:

An IT Solutions Consultant, writer and lately a herbal supplement practitioner with a passion to teach and inspire people. Am the CEO of Quest River Digital, an IT Solutions company located in Lagos.

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