Milk myths that even doctors believe

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Milk myths that even doctors believe

We studied social networks, chose the most enduring myths about milk and found out that science is talking about all this.

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Milk myths that even doctors believe

Dairy products can not be eaten because of casein, which all cause allergies and acidifies the body.

What science says: Casein is one of the main proteins found in dairy products. It consists of essential amino acids (the ones that the body can not synthesize on its own and must be obtained from food). Allergy can cause any protein, and casein is no exception - it all depends on the individual characteristics of the organism. But if there are no symptoms like urticaria, abdominal pain or nausea after consuming dairy products, then there is no allergy. Doubt? Consult a therapist and an allergist.

But it is impossible to acidify the body with any products (well, or you need to try very hard and for a long time), we wrote about it in detail here.

Vegetable milk - a complete replacement for cow

What science says: To call vegetable types of milk a complete alternative to the usual is not entirely correct: it all depends on the specific type of milk and on what vitamins and minerals the producer have enriched the drink. In general, vegan options have less protein, vitamins and minerals than cow's milk. But if you like exactly vegetable, it is better to drink different types to make the food more balanced.

Cellulite appears from dairy products

What science says: There is no scientific evidence that it is dairy products that affect the appearance of cellulite. It occurs due to malnutrition of subcutaneous adipose tissue, deterioration of blood and lymph circulation. Risk factors include overweight (to which, as you know, excess calories, rather than specific products) and a sedentary lifestyle.

Milk increases the amount of mucus in the body.

What science says: No scientific evidence that milk actually increases the production of mucus or phlegm, no. Nevertheless, the theory that supposedly originated in the XII century (which is alarming in itself) turned out to be so viable that it even leaked into modern medical practice. Paediatricians all over the world no-no and advise parents to exclude milk from children’s diets for any respiratory diseases from bronchial asthma to normal rhinitis.

Interestingly, during some studies, part of the subjects after drinking milk had the feeling that there was more mucus or sputum. But subsequent analyses showed that from the point of view of physiology this is not the case. Perhaps these sensations (and the whole theory in general) are associated with the action of the mucins: these sticky components of saliva are responsible for the formation and bonding of the food lump and increase the viscosity of the milk.

In adults, dairy products are not digested

It is believed that milk is the food of infants, and since it is not needed by adults, there is no reason for the body to produce special enzymes that are responsible for digesting and assimilating lactose.

What science says: Epidemiological studies refute the theory that all adults dairy products are not digested - only a  part of the world's population (for example, 6–20% of Europeans, 90% of Chinese and 100% of Native Americans) really have milk sugar intolerance. The reason is the reduced activity of the enzyme lactase, which is responsible for the breakdown of lactose.

It is easy to check the suspicion of lactose intolerance: you need to go to a therapist and have a blood test for lactase deficiency.

Dairy products cause acne.

What science says: It’s very easy to figure out if there are rashes due to dairy products: it’s enough to reduce their number or abandon them for 3–4 weeks and see if it affects the skin condition.

Dairy products - cause of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and cancer

What science says: None of these statements has any scientific basis, and in the case of osteoporosis, the opposite is true. Dairy products reduce bone resorption (destruction), improve bone structure and prevent age-related bone loss - that is, reduce the risk of osteoporosis. The minerals and vitamins found in milk are responsible for the preventive effect: calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vitamin K.

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