Milk has been consumed for ages across the globe by people of all age groups. There have been multiple known benefits of milk however, there have also been several myths surrounding consumption of milk and milk products for a very long time now. Here’s a list of top myths about milk and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: Drinking Milk Causes Kidney Stones
Truth: While some believed that the calcium stones found in our kidneys owe their occurrence to the calcium intake from milk there is no evidence to prove the same. Drinking milk does not cause kidney stones.
Myth #2: Pure Milk Doesn’t Need Shaking
Truth: Pure and unprocessed milk separates and does need a bit of shaking. Most organic milk available at grocery stores is processes or homogenized and thus has suspended particles and can be consumed directly from the carton but pure, unprocessed milk definitely needs a shake.
Myth #3: People with lactose intolerance cannot have milk or dairy products
Truth: This is a big myth about milk. Lactose intolerance creates trouble in digesting lactose. However, milk products like cheese and yogurt are fermented due to which the lactose of milk gets converted to lactic acid and doesn’t trouble so much. So, all you, lactose intolerant people out there, go ahead and try other dairy products and you should be ok with most of them.
Myth #4: Milk is an unprocessed food
Truth: Yes, the milk straight out of a dairy farm might not be the most hygienic thing to consume. It is for these reasons that milk is processed /homogenized to make it drinkable. So whether it is conventional milk or organic milk that is supplied to your home, it is surely not raw or natural dairy milk. So worry not, no matter how unprocessed it looks, it really isn’t.
Myth #5: Organic Milk should be preferred over Non -organic for better health
Truth: This debate has been on for quite some time however, it is proven that both organic and non-organic milk are equally healthy and good as long as they are fresh.
Myth #6: Drinking Milk Causes Early Puberty
Truth: The milk is supposed to give you normal growth but nothing unnatural about it. There is no scientific evidence of milk causing early puberty.
Myth #7: Soy Milk is as nutritious as Cow’s Milk
Truth: A lot of modern health freaks and environmentalists have started recommending soy milk over cow’s suggesting it to be as nutritious as cow’s milk however, the same is not true. Soy- Milk is nutritionally not equivalent to cow’s Milk and does lag behind a bit.
Myth #8: Our Stomach’s cannot digest cow’s milk
Truth: Absolutely wrong. Milk has been consumed by humans for a very long time. Except for a few people who suffer from lactose intolerance, most people do not have any issues digesting milk.
Myth # 9: Pasteurization kills all nutrients of the milk
Truth: Pasteurization only helps kill bacteria from the milk which can otherwise cause severe stomach problems. It has no role in diminishing the calcium, vitamins and other nutrients of milk.
Myth #10: Raw Milk is Better than Pasteurized Milk
Truth: Raw milk can be a potential source of bacterial infections and poses health risks. Pasteurized milk ensures those bacteria are removed and hence are much safer to consume without compromising on the nutritional value.
Myth #11: Milk should be avoided when suffering from cold, congestion or asthma
Truth: The old saying of avoiding milk when suffering from cold or chest congestion is a big myth. Consuming milk does not cause any chest flum or mucus and does not lead to asthma.
Myth #12: We may be consuming pesticide residue by consuming milk
Truth: Since cows are often fed genetically modified grains in traditional dairy farms, it is believed that the milk produced by them might have herbicide or pesticide residue. However, scientists believe that the risk posed by a small of amount if this residue is almost negligible. Additionally, most good dairy farms have now switched to feeding organic food to cows which further reduces any such residue exposure to the consumers.
Myth #13: Thicker milk means more nutritious
Truth: For ages, we have been overwhelmed by the thickness of the milk and somewhere we believe, the thicker the milk the more nutritious it would be. However, the nutrition of the milk is calculated by its protein content and bacteria present. The thickness actually comes from the fat content of the milk, which is traditionally higher in buffalo’s milk. The nutrition content has nothing to do with it.
Myth #14: Pasteurized milk causes osteoporosis while raw milk does not
Truth: No Scientific evidence has been found to suggest that raw milk causes calcium deposition or pasteurized milk is in any form linked to osteoporosis. On the contrary there have been certain experiments which prove that the concentration of calcium is equal in both raw as well as pasteurized milk.
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