Why Is Milk Bad For You?
Milk is Good For You, Right?
We’ve all heard it at least a million times; you must drink milk to make you bones stronger. But is this really true? It is known that calcium does make our bones stronger, so it would make sense to assume that milk, which is high in calcium, would make your bones stronger, right? Welp, not so fast.
Like all animal proteins, milk acidifies the body pH level and your body naturally tries to neutralize this increased acidic level. Calcium is great when it comes to neutralizing acid in the body and the part of your body with the most calcium is, you guessed it, your bones. So even though people drink milk to increase their calcium intake, it ends up being counterproductive and can result in a calcium loss as a result of the increased acidic levels.
Just because consuming milk can result in a calcium deficit does not give enough reason to simply avoid dairy all together. Milk contains high levels of protein and Vitamin D that is extremely beneficial for our bodies. It is recommended to take a calcium supplement or multi-vitamin high in calcium on a daily basis to counter the potential negative effects that milk can have on your calcium levels.
On top of all this, most of the world’s population cannot properly digest milk. Researchers believe that as much as ¾’s of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. People with lactose intolerance cannot properly digest milk because they are unable to digest the lactose sugar found in milk. This is a result of people lacking the lactase enzyme, which turns lactose into glucose and galactose. If you are lactose intolerant, it is highly recommended that you avoid milk and instead take calcium supplements and/or multi-vitamins on a daily basis.
Now that all the bad news is out of the way, here is the good news. Drinking 2-3 glasses of milk a day lowers the risks of having either a heart attack or stroke. This is a result of the beneficial impact that milk has on your cholesterol levels.
Whole Milk or Skim Milk?
It is all based on your taste. Skim milk does have a greater impact on your cholesterol levels compared to whole milk, but the difference is not that major. On the other side, whole milk benefits the muscle building process much more than skim milk. When consuming whole milk after exercising, the muscle protein synthesis process was 2.8 times greater than compared to consuming skim milk post-workout.