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Milk: Good or bad for health

  • March 25, 2019

“Milk, is it good or bad for health” is a topic of debate for many. Milk is something that all children have consumed when little till they were switched to solid food. However, grown up children and adults depend on milk from another animal – cow, which is one of the important reason for debate for most people.

Extensive clinical studies show that overall, milk is good for health and it does not show any or show only minimal side-effects on the body. Milk and dairy products do not have much impact on obesity, pancreatic cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, heart disease and bone fracture. Milk has favourable effects on body composition, stroke, bone mineral density, colorectal cancer, bladder cancer, stomach cancer and breast cancer. Milk is known to have slightly negative effect on prostate cancer.

In addition, milk is a very important nutritional supplement. It is known as a very rich source of calcium and other minerals which are very important for bone health. Milk is also available fortified with vitamin D, which further enhances positive effect on bone health. Potassium present in milk has positive impact on heart health. Milk is also rich in proteins, which helps in muscle building and in other essential functions of the body.

Milk can’t be good to some people. Some people are lactose intolerant, which means these people lack lactase, which is essential for digestion of milk. Lactose intolerant people should avoid milk. Those who have allergies to milk should also avoid milk. Some people, like those with kidney disease, should avoid over consumption of milk as excess calcium and potassium can harm kidneys.

Overall, milk is good unless you have lactose intolerance or you are allergic to milk.

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