“Does milk cause inflammation?” 3 milk myths, debunked.
According to the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, roughly ninety percent of the US population fails to meet current dairy recommendations. While some may avoid dairy milk for medical reasons (like allergies), we think there are many that just don’t realize just how many nutrients are packed into this powerhouse beverage. And a few may have fallen for some untrue myths along the way.
(Spoiler: Milk contains a total of 13 essential nutrients!)
If you’re looking to get the real scoop on milk, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s take a look at 3 common misconceptions about “milk facts” and get to know a little bit more about this nutritious and delicious kitchen staple.
Does Milk Cause Inflammation?
People are rightly concerned about inflammation. If left unchecked, inflammation can wreak absolute havoc on your day-to-day life, your immune system, and your overall health.
So, here’s the million-dollar question: does milk actually promote inflammation in the body? While there are plenty of conflicting stories out there, recent research suggests that milk has either no impact or even a beneficial impact on inflammatory blood labs such as C-reactive protein. You read that right. In fact, milk’s anti-inflammatory properties are reportedly comparable to that of fruits and vegetables in terms of its benefits for the body. Read more about it here!
Does Milk Cause Mucus?
Did your grandma ever tell you that you shouldn’t drink milk when you’re sick? That’s because, as the myth goes, drinking milk evidently promotes the production of mucus. But that’s just not so—don’t be so quick to shift the blame to milk! Though research in this particular area is uncommon, the data that is available suggests that milk does not increase mucus production whatsoever. The title of a 2005 research paper says it all: “Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production.”
So now you know.
Should Humans Drink Milk?
Believe it or not, this is one of the most common questions I get from clients—and unless you’re under the age of one, the answer is this: Real milk offers a range of health benefits and is backed by decades of research. While some people may claim that milk isn’t necessary, a large body of scientific research reinforces the importance of milk and milk products in the diet. Studies repeatedly show milk’s health benefits when you drink two to three glasses a day. Milk helps build and maintain bone strength, and has been found to boost muscle growth and support healthy weight. Milk and milk products are valuable foods that nourish people around the world and play a valuable role in global public health.
And guess what, it’s not easy to replace milk! It’s hard to get enough of nutrients you need without milk in your diet. Studies with adults and kids have shown just how tough that is, and how missing those nutrients can have a negative health impact.
As I mentioned earlier, real milk boasts a nutrient profile that few other beverages can give us naturally. With 13 essential nutrients, it’s no wonder athletes have been drinking milk for centuries to boost energy, repair muscles, keep bones strong and nourish their bodies.
Just look at the graphic below that shows the nutrition in milk. You don’t want to miss out on this!