National Milk Day: January 11, 2020

Saturday is National Milk Day in the U.S. Should we be drinking more milk? Healthline helps sort out the pros and cons:

Positive Effects of Drinking Milk

Milk provides “18 out of 22 Trusted Source essential nutrients,” according to Healthline.

Milk also provides iron, selenium, vitamin B-6, vitamin E, vitamin K, niacin, thiamin and riboflavin.

Milk is good for your bone health. Just a cup of milk contains 30% of your daily requirement of calcium. Children who drink milk may suffer fewer bone fractures. Milk also contains potassium and magnesium — minerals vital for healthy bones and teeth.

It may even help prevent diabetes. According to Healthline, “Several studies have found that drinking milk may help prevent type 2 diabetes in adults. This may be because milk proteins improve your blood sugar balance.”

Milk fat may also help raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, giving milk the power to help prevent heart disease and stroke. Potassium from milk can help regulate blood pressure.

Negative side effects of milk

Acne: “A 2016 study found that teenagers with acne drank higher amounts of low fat or skim milk. Dairy may also trigger adult acne.”

Allergies: “Up to 5 percent of children have a milk allergy, estimate some experts. It can cause skin reactions, such as eczema, and gut symptoms”

Bone fractures: “Drinking three or more glasses of milk a day may increase the risk of bone fractures in women.”

Cancers: “Excess calcium from milk and other foods may increase the riskTrusted Source of prostate cancer. Milk sugars may be linked to a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer.”

Lactose intolerance: “Cow’s milk has a higher amount of lactose than milk from other animals.”

So that’s the good and bad of milk. You decide.

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