11 October, 2010

Should you drink a milk?

I always drink milk in my breakfast because I think it is my best food supplement whenever I am in a hurry. But what is this I have read? The truth about milk is it keeps your bones strong, but it has been tied to everything from heart disease to cancer.

It's a good source of calcium

Dairy products are considered a good source of calcium because they have the highest concentration of highly absorbable calcium per serving.

Milk is not the only source of calcium, you can get also from dark leafy greens or dried beans and from supplements like vitamin D.

So are there any good reasons to drink milk if you can get the calcium from other sources?

Benefits of milk

Yes, it has a positive effect on our body beyond strenghtening our bones. It possibly lowering the risk of high blood pressure and the risk of developing colon cancer. But drinking milk can also be problematic.

When milk is not good for you

Here's what I have read: Some people cannot tolerate lactose, which is a key ingredient of milk. If you have this intolerance, milk can make you bloated and gassy, and give you cramps and diarrhoea.

Full fat milk is high in saturated fats, which increase your risk of developing heart disease. If you drink low fat milk, you should make sure you're not getting saturated fats from eating too much butter and ice cream.

Research into high milk consumption - 3 cups or more daily - has actually been tied to a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer. This is believed to be caused by high levels of galactose, a sugar released when your body digests the lactose in milk, damaging the ovaries.

A high calcium diet has also been implicated as a probable risk factor for prostate cancer. A recent study found that men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day had nearly double the risk of developing fatal prostate cancer as those who had the lowest intake.

Should I drink milk or not?

If you grew up drinking plenty of milk, your bones should be in good shape.

Do not feel like you should give up your daily glass of milk, or bowl of cereal.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium, but be aware that there is no good evidence that having more than one serving a day will reduce your risk of bone fracture.

Given the concerns about ovarian and prostate cancer, it may be a good idea to not overindulge in dairy products.

If you happen to be lactose intolerant, but like milk, there are dairy products that can help your body digest milk better. More importantly, you can compensate with other sources of calcium.

Good non dairy sources include fortified soy milk, collards, baked beans, boy choy, and supplements that contain calcium and vitamin D.


emmanuelmateo said...

mas mainam kung uminom ka nlng ng gatas ng tao particularly sa men hahah...uhmm Peace!!

ISTAMBAY said...

kape iniinom ko eh.. hehehe

at may isa pa na masamang epekto ng gatas lalo na kung isasama sa kape, o kapeng may gatas

sinasabing ang kape ang pampanerbyos at ang gatas ay pampalakas kaya ang kapeng may may gatas ay pampalakas ng nerbyos hehehehe (korni much)

cccheerrzz parekoy

uno said...

hehehe si emman oh gumaganun...

ako din eh pareho kami ni istambay ng gusto COFFEE ADDICT AKO

LhanLhan said...

i drink sterilized milk every night. i found it good for my health and a good sleep every night. we should drink milk regularly!

Diamond R said...

Matagal na akong di umiinom ng milk one i learned that milk is good only for the baby.Grown up dont need milk this is true. isa sa mga common or obvious na di magandang effect nito ay ito. It induced thick pleghm sa lalamunan mo napansin mo ba yan sa umaga.I dream soya milk istead fro protein. I agree sa lahat ng sinabi mo about the bad effects of milk.

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