The dairy industry has been a constant right from our childhoods. The familiar ads of kids jumping with joy with a tall glass of milk and a block of cheese in the background are plastered in our memories. Punch lines were centered on‘Build strong bones and grow faster’- still is to this day. But the picture becomes grim when the health benefits of milk and dairy products are elevated and made all-important.
The government used to promote the milk and dairy industry by convincing people of the plethora of health benefits that milk provides consumers. Benefits are all well and good, but what about the side effects? Is the trade-off between benefits and side effects worth it? Has it ever been made common knowledge what its dangers are, for consumers to make an informed decision? No.
There is evidence that shows that milk doesn’t necessarily protect from bone fractures. Even the ‘good stuff’ in milk such as calcium, proteins and potassium-All of these can be obtained from other sources. But these aren’t the real problems because of which you need to ditch the dairy…
What Is In Dairy?
Dairy foods are obtained from the milk of mammals like cows, goat and include other products like yogurt, cheese, butter and ice cream among others. Here is the list of major components in dairy products:
- Protein which is easily digested and absorbed readily into the body
- Calcium which is the unique selling point for most dairy products. It is a rich source of calcium which is necessary for bone health and muscle function.
- Vitamin D, which is a vitamin that restricts swelling and boosts immune functioning.
- B vitamins, which include Vitamin B-2 and B-12, both of which support energy production and functioning of the nerve.
- Probiotic, which promotes gut and immune function by supporting the formation of beneficial bacteria in the body.
Inflammation Caused By Milk
If you are suffering from asthma, acne, arthritis, psoriasis, then the advice would be to stop intaking dairy. The reason is that all of these are inflammatory diseases, which exacerbate and increase the extent of damages. There are symptoms including bloating, cramping, gas and diarrhea as a result of ingesting dairy products. The saturated fats in milk are one of the prime contributors and worsen the extent of inflammation.
The evidence is conflicting at this point and there are plenty of studies that support, and yet many others that deny this claim.
Until the dust settles, stick to implementing alternative plant-based foods to your plant-based recipes. Better safe than sorry.