Give Up Dairy Or Not? Depends Who You Ask
Everyone has seen the commercials about Milk being a positive muscle builder, remember the “Milk, It Does a Body Good” ad campaign? But today there are a lot of conflicting reports whether this is true or if it’s a better idea to give up dairy. People that are allergic to milk or lactose intolerant have no choice but to give up dairy. As for everybody else, the question now lingers to give up dairy altogether or just cut back on intake. Here are some thoughts:
The Dairy Council of California website says dairy has many nutrients that are healthy and good for your bones. Calcium, potassium, vitamin D ( good old sunshine is still hands down the best source to get your vitamin D) are high in protein and amino acids which can all assist in reducing the chance of cardiovascular disease among other diseases. While many debate the best protein, Whey is always near the top of most lists which is found in milk. The calcium in milk also helps with bone density though studies confirming milk reduces bone loss are highly debatable. Cheese tastes really good, imagine a pizza with no cheese! Plus it contains no sugar which is good. As is the case with most dairy like milk, cheese, etc…good amounts of protein which help you feel full and avoid eating a lot of sugary, unhealthy snacks that turn into fat.
In 2005, 1 in 6 Americans were lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of African Americans. Upon consumption (usually within 30 minutes), lactose intolerant people will have diarrhea, nausea, bloating and gas. High saturated fat found in dairy products like ice cream, cheese, heavy cream and pizza can cause weight gain when consumed in excess. However, just about everything can cause weight gain when overeaten. Like anything else, these tasty treats should be eaten in moderation, unless you are lactose intolerant.
Milk and dairy can also cause allergies in people and enhance your mucus production. Milk contains IGF-1 (insulin growth factor) which is good for growing children but has been linked to causing acne.
So what’s the solution for people who aren’t lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy? Like everything, moderation. Everyone loves ice cream which is fine. Fight the urge to eat a pint and instead focus on only consuming 4-6 ounces. There are many organic options available today which are a better choice and actually taste better. When using cheese, use moderate amounts instead of double. You should give up dairy going for a week or two just to see if you notice a difference in your mood and energy level. Nobody knows your body better than you.