Recent studies shed some interesting light on the topic. Considering its traditionally significant role in the lives of so many babies, it’s no surprise scientists wanted to take a closer look to dissect truth from fallacy. By doing so, people may find clarity in this rather opaque liquid. For all your dietary needs, download Kitchology’s Eat.Better app.
First There Was Milk
Evidence shows thousands of years ago humans first enjoyed dairy milk. However, when lactose intolerance symptoms presented themselves, folks quickly adapted and thus, fermentation was born. Cheese and yogurt were easier to consume with their reduced carbohydrate levels. Unfortunately, some are unable to consume even these products. Studies point to many Asian individuals who fall into this category. As babies are weaned from their mother’s milk some stop producing lactase internally. Once that happens dairy products must be eliminated from the diet.
Nobody Is Unbreakable
How about the argument of milk and bone strength? Consider, anyone can break a bone. Studies have questioned the true impact of regular calcium consumption via milk. The findings? The amount doesn’t matter. Specifically, bone risk fracture is not affected by drinking milk. Don’t dump your fridge just yet! Other studies reveal that societies who consume milk and other dairy products are less likely to have low mineral bone density. For instance, Eastern nations, who consume less dairy, have broken hip rates 150% higher than their Western counterparts.
One fact that’s hard to ignore — bone density and strength is determined during childhood. That’s when calcium intake and, for now, dairy consumption are growth imperatives. Finding alternatives that match its calcium and other nutrients won’t be easy. For us adults, it may not be necessary, but, for me, milk still tastes good.
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