[By Tania Allson]
Why milk may not be so good for you after all. Viewed as nature’s wholesome food, milk has been touted as the beverage of choice for toddlers and growing teens. We associate milk with all sorts of healthy benefits: It builds strong bones, is packed with nutrients, and helps kids grow taller.
But drinking dairy can be problematic, and its most notorious ingredient, lactose, is indigestible by a significant percentage of the population. Here, five reasons why you may want to give milk a miss:
1. High in calories and saturated fat
Ounce for ounce, milk has about the same calorie load as soda. Lactose is still a sugar, and contributes about 55 percent of skim milk’s calories. On top of that, milk and other dairy products are big sources of saturated fat. One serving of 2 percent milk has even been found to have the same saturated fat count a serving of French fries. A glass of reduced fat, 15 milk averages 122 calories while classic coke averages 90 calories (based on 240ml). So if you want to lose pounds, you definitely want to rethink drinking milk even the skimmed version. Looks like your ‘skinny’ latte, may not be so ‘skinny’ after all.
2. Many people are actually intolerant
Roughly 90 percent of Asian-Americans can’t drink milk, and 75 percent of all African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Jewish-Americans are similarly lactose intolerant. If you fall into one of these categories, you may find your health and diet improving when you skip this beverage.
3. Full of chemicals
We like to think of milk as ‘fresh’, but the truth is that commercial, mass-produced milk is filled with growth hormones and antibiotics used to make cows lactate unnaturally. These additives could be the reason why milk has been linked to skin problems, acne, allergies, inflammation of the body. There has long been a link between acne and milk consumption amongst teenagers. Not to mention the fact that drinking cow’s milk is simply unnatural; do you know no other species drinks milk from another species except us?
4. Many people are allergic
While peanut allergy is the number one food allergy in the country, milk allergy comes in a close second. It affects an estimated 3 million children in the United States. The severity of milk allergy can range from mild reactions to being life-threatening.
5. You don’t need milk for strong bones
You don’t need milk, or large amounts of calcium, for bone integrity. Not only are fracture rates the highest in milk-drinking countries, but it turns out that the biggest two factors contributing to bone strength are lifelong exercise and vitamin D, which you could get from sunshine.