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Myths & Facts about Milk

8 Oct 2017

 

Myth#1: Drinking Milk leads to weight gain. If you want to reduce weight then don't drink milk.

Fact: It is always good to consider milk as part of your daily diet because; it provides valuable macronutrients (Protein, Fat & Carbohydrates) as well as micronutrients (Vitamin A, C, D, B Vitamins, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Zinc). There are so many benefits from drinking milk other than just “strong bones”. Milk helps you gain weight only when it contributes to a calorie intake greater than what you burn in a day. As an adult, if you are looking for weight loss then low-fat/skimmed milk is recommended because, it is low in saturated fat and fortification process of milk ensures that lower-fat milk is nutritionally same as whole milk.

 

Myth#2: There is no harm drinking unlimited milk.

Fact: Too much quantity of anything is bad. Milk contains D-Galactose, which has been shown to induce oxidative stress damage and chronic inflammation that further leads to heart disease, bone loss, muscle loss & cancer. Considering these facts, we should avoid high milk consumption to reduce risk of mortality in both men and women. It is recommended for adults not to drink more than 2-3 glass of milk per day and again it varies as per individual needs.

 

Myth#3: Flavoured milk is not healthy as plain milk

Fact: It totally depends on artificial sweeteners and colors added into flavored milk. If it’s loaded with too much artificial sweeteners and colors, better to avoid it. You can try and make smoothies instead which is a healthier option.

 

Myth#4: We should avoid milk during cough & cold. 

Fact: Avoid taking plain milk in case of cough and cold as it may make phlegm thicker and more irritating to your throat. Turmeric mixed in warm milk is a popular and effective way to fight against cold and cough because, Turmeric has a strong antioxidant, which helps in boosting immunity and treating many health problems. Drinking a glass of warm turmeric milk before sleep helps in faster recovery from cold and cough.

 

Myth#5: Don't drink milk in night as it might disturb your sleep.

Fact: If you are lactose intolerant then you should avoid drinking milk in the night, as it will often keep you up due to digestive issues. Also, please avoid drinking cold milk in the night if you are suffering from cold and flu. In other cases, its good to have glass of milk as it helps to induce sound sleep because of amino acid known as tryptophan and melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep.

 

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