DEBUNKING DAIRY FOOD MYTHS
In our hearts, we all know what a wonderful boon dairy is to this world. Yet we sometimes come across some people who instill doubts into our minds. Be it a rumour or a mischance, we sometimes hear things from people that makes us cast a doubtful glance over our dairy products. And it is in those situations precisely that we need to follow our hearts rather than mind because at the end of the day, they are a myth.
Fear not, these fervent gesticulations of ours towards dairy are not just a result of our extreme love for it. Here we have some of the most common dairy myths busted for you to prove that this amazing food will always be a wonder for the mankind.
#Myth 1: Dairy products lead to weight gain
The simple thing is that, weight gain directly correlates to calorie intake. If one consumes more calories than he burns, there is weight gain – irrespective of dairy inclusion or exclusion. Contrary to this myth, clinical trials conducted in the past have shown a strong connection between increased calcium intake and reduced body weight, body fat percentage and waist size.
#Myth 2: Lactose intolerant people should avoid dairy
Lactose intolerance is not an allergy to dairy products; it is the inability to digest milk sugar lactose. And there are countless alternatives available to take care of that problem. Lactose-free milk and yoghurt are a way to go, so is cheddar and swiss cheese. So lactose intolerant people need not miss out on the health benefits of dairy.
#Myth 3: More milk means stronger bones
Probably the most disputable point, some studies in the past have claimed for this myth to be true. However, referring to the latest one, a BMJ study published in 2015 reached the conclusion that middle-aged adults who had high calcium intake in their diet were as prone to fractures as those who consumed less calcium.
#Myth 4: Calcium supplements eradicate the need of milk
Calcium supplements contain calcium. Milk contains various other high quality nutrients like high quality protein, vitamins A, D, B12, riboflavin; zinc; potassium and magnesium. Yoghurt is an excellent source of essential probiotic organisms. Cheese is a reasonable source of protein. The difference is before your very eyes. Another thing to be noted is that the very purpose of Vitamin D (which is present in milk) is to absorb calcium in the body.
#Myth 5: Chocolate milk has too much sugar to be a healthy drink
Speaking for all flavoured milks, they have the same amount of healthy nutrients as white milk. More than half of the sugar in chocolate milk is natural milk sugar – lactose. Flavoured milks contribute a mere 3% of added sugar in kids’ diets and hence are much more a way to make kids enjoy milk rather than a cause of concern.
#Myth 6: Milk causes mucus
This belief has somehow held on for years, although no study yet has been able to prove it. The truth is, many people confuse the temporary, slight thickening of saliva after drinking milk with mucus. And that is all; it is just an assumption with no claim at all to back it. So fear not, because milk will not worsen your cold or asthma.
Therefore, there is no need to give a second thought to your dairy consumption chart. Milk is one of the healthiest drinks there in the world, and any number of rumours should not be able to sway your opinion. But we have a feeling you love dairy enough to know this for yourself.