We have all been encouraged by our parents to have two glasses of milk, one in the morning and one in the evening since our childhood. That is because milk is a rich source of protein, it also contains vitamin D and calcium to keep strong our teeth and bones, as well as choline a protein necessary for the brain and potassium that helps in the heart’s protection.
Researches have shown, however, that although our mind is conditioned that milk is a healthy drink, drinking it too much can be risky to our health.
The kind of milk that most of us consume is the cow milk, and it contains hormones that help the calves grow. Female hormones, a study have shown that we get from our food from 60% up to 80%, come from cow’s milk which also includes the hormone IGF-1. This hormone induces multiplication of the cells which is potentially bad if we consider that too much of cell multiplication is a symptom of cancer.
The risk of diagnosing ovarian cancer, another study reveals, is doubled at those women who take more than two glasses of milk a day.
Another research shows an amazing fact that drinking milk does not reduce the risk of fractures at women. What is worse it has shown that the risk is of fractures, such as hip fractures, and deaths is higher with both men and women who consume more milk, like three or more glasses, a day comparing to those who consume less milk, one glass, a day.
However, researches are still considering other options that those people who consume milk could do other things that may affect and put them into the risk of the mentioned diseases above or cancer. That is why they still could not say that milk is the main culprit of the health issues.
The health experts say that you don’t need to skip milk however it is recommended not to have more than two glasses a day. Since the skimmed milk contains fewer hormones than cow’s milk it is recommended to the adults to consume it. You really don’t need to discount the good things offered by milk since, as said above, it is rich in protein and calcium.
Those people who cannot tolerate lactose, i.e. the nutritional values that can be offered by milk, they could obtain them from other sources like vegetables, almonds, dark leafy green and tofu. Fortified orange juice, whole eggs and salmon could provide them with vitamin D.
Also, let’s see other milk alternatives that could be tried, and positive and negative sides of consuming them.
- Milk that is high in sugar, calcium and Vitamin E but low in calories and fat is Almond milk.
- One good option is soymilk, which helps with heart disease. The negative side is that if you drink too much soy it may have adverse effects to the fertility.
- A version of cow’s milk, which is super thin and light, is rice milk. It should be consumed by those people who are prone to allergy since it doesn’t have nuts, lactose and soy.
- Another milk alternative that gives three times more of vitamin C and ten times more iron is camel milk. It can be used for batters and sauces.
Some milk alternatives contain sweeteners so always check the content of the sugar in the milk, and choose unsweetened and fat free ones if you want to stay healthy.