How much are dairy products healthy in the diet?

Milk and dairy products in the diet

In the last few years we increasingly ask ourselves whether dairy products are healthy or not. The answer to this question is not simple, nor easy, here's why this is so.

Not long ago, cows were grazing the grass and walked freely in the pastures. Chickens would hatch eggs, while the rooster crowed, and the farmer would have gone to milk the cows. How much is that today? The picture is quite different and less frequently we encounter anything like this. In the article read more about what kind of milk you drink and what you need to pay attention on.

What kind of milk we drink today?

On modern and modernized farms, cows are nothing more than a perfect machine for the production of milk and beef. They feed them with GMO corn and other grains. The cows produce much more milk than they would if they walked freely in nature. Therefore, milk and dairy products that are produced are highly questionable.

Diet based on corn and grain can lead to acidosis in cows. Therefore there is a weakening of the immune system, after which animals are susceptible to diseases. Livestock rarely manages to be fed like this for more than 150 days.

Growth hormones and unnatural milking schedules lead to pain, infections and other problems. To prevent this, the cows on modern farms regularly receive large doses of antibiotics. Their remains can be found in milk and meat. These preparations have a different and that is to fatten the cows.
If you believe that all these hormones, which contain milk products and antibiotics have no effect on your health, think again.

The study of the Journal of the American Academy of dermatology showed the link between consumption of milk and teenage acne. The researchers explained that there is a presence of hormones and bioactive molecules in dairy products. Of course, all these dangers relate to pasteurized milk, that we find in supermarkets.
  • Raw, organic, non-pasteurized milk and non-homogenized milk from cows which feed on grass, is still useful and healthy food.

Milk strengthens bones truth or myth?

The dairy industry has long promoted the belief that "Milk strengthens bones." However, one recent study of health - Nurses' Health Study tells us otherwise. It  followed almost78,000 nurses for 12 years.

Research has shown that greater representation of milk and other sources of calcium in the diet will protect women from hip fractures or elbow. The data does not support the hypothesis in which dairy products are referred to as the ideal food for the prevention of osteoporosis.

However, it is true that the milk is the richest in calcium (100 ml comprising between 100 mg to 150 mg Ca). In this regard, we need it in the diet. The daily needs of the organism is 700 mg up to 1200 mg, depending on age, gender and health status.

If we drank milk and ate cheese, it would be much more difficult for the organism to get enough calcium. All other foods are much poorer in it. This amount does not exceed twenty milligrams, soy milk even has that amount.

Usability of Ca from milk is extremely good, which cannot be said for foods of plant origin. Calcium is here in the form of salts, which does not absorb so well from the intestine and is largely removed from the body.

Diet with dairy products helps faster weight loss

Another thesis which is stated and supported by industry milk is that dairy products help in weight loss. This again is only partially true. If you do not get enough calcium, you will lose the weight much slower. It certainly stands, but here's what you need to know more.

Companies engaged in production of milk record advertisements in which slender women appear who eat yogurt. All of that is referred to the beneficial effects of calcium containing these fermented dairy products. So, if you want to lose weight be sure to drink it. Good marketing and nothing else.

They are only partially right because if you lack Ca you will lose weight much slower. However, they failed to specify one important thing. The introduction of calcium in the diet does not do anything that could lead to weight loss. Nothing at all.

If you have a long term plan of losing weight, diet based on these preparations is not enough. It takes great discipline, denial, physical activity in order to produce tangible results.

An allergy to milk products is very common

At least 65 percent of the human population is intolerant to lactose, which is an extremely high rate. In some nations, for example, humans originating in East Asia - this percentage is over 90. Dairy products are at least tolerated because they cause bloating of stomach, gas, and a lack of energy and chronic fatigue.

However, for such a person recommended are dairy products without lactose. Usually they are naturally fermented yogurt or kefir. In addition to them it is recommended to take whey protein powder, which is obtained from cows fed grass.

Also on the shelves more common are dairy products without gluten, intended for patients with celiac disease. Again, take all this with a grain of salt, even before consumption it is required to consult with professional.

Products with less fat are much healthier?

Another red herring, in fact it is believed that dairy products with low fat content are ideal for our health. This is definitely not true because the milk that has less than 2 percent fat contains much more sugar and is harmful.

One recent study showed that people with the highest levels of fatty acids, derived from full-fat dairy products, have a 60 percent lower rate of diabetes.

Also today there are numerous dairy products for babies, but it certainly is mandatory before consumption to consult with your pediatrician.

What are the healthiest milk products?

Goat and sheep products

In the first place these are sheep and goat milk products. They almost certainly do not come from "farm - factory", so that such milk and cheese have much less drugs and antibiotics.

Yogurt without sugar

Look for the full-fat one, with "live and active cultures" (LAC) on the label. This means that yogurt contains at least 100 million cultures per gram at the time of manufacture and after pasteurization.

Ghee butter

Obtained from dairy cows that grazed grass - famous gi (ghee) butter. It contains the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and healthy fat. It has anticancer effects. Ghee butter is purified so it is perfect for people intolerant to lactose.

Raw milk

Raw milk products are an excellent choice. Natural, raw milk from cows that are fed on pasture is rich in healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids and CLA.


Although technically a dairy product, people who are intolerant to milk is generally tolerate it well. This composition is formed in the preparation of cheese, and contains proteins, lactose and minerals (to 75 percent).


There are various kinds of cheeses, but you need to take only one in the raw and unpasteurized form from milk of goats and sheep. It has a controlled origin and is a healthy food.

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