8. September 2020
Is Dairy Bad for You? Here’s What You Should Know
Dairy is bad- you hear that all over the place, especially from the vegan community. But is that really true? As with everything in life, there is no right and wrong, it’s a question that can only be answered in context and that’s why I dislike people or articles especially in the fitness industry that put out bullshit just to either boost their marketing or simply are not able to put information into context. Or what I love most: they cherry-pick studies to support their biased belief. With this in background they go out and misinform people and make them buy their story.
Important here is. If you want to get the right information in this industry, you need to follow unbiased and trusted people and organizations. There ain‘t many on this planet, that‘s for sure ad it takes years of experience to filter out who is a trustful source and who is not. For example: whenever someone popularizes some diet or whatever to be magic, just run away. We all know life doesn’t work this way. It’s all marketing bullshit. There will never be a magic food nor will there never be a shortcut for weightloss or muscle gain. (at least not on a natural basis)
Because I’m so fed up with so much misinformation in this industry, I’m really thankful when I first heard from Precision Nutrition some years ago. Why? It’s very simple, they follow a 100% scientific approach and always put everything in context. At the end they leave it up to you to decide what’s right or wrong for you.
Is Dairy Bad for You? The 20 Most Important Facts About Dairy
Here are the 20 most important points and facts about dairy, straight from one of the best and top scientific article that exist out there:
- Just as the category of “meat” includes everything from wild-caught elk to hot dogs, “dairy” is a pretty large group of foods and come along in different qualities. So it greatly depends on what kind of dairy you eat.
- Even if dairy is theoretically “good”, depending on your unique genetic makeup, it may or may not be “good” (or the right choice) for you.
- Dairy’s IGF-1 connection to cancer is not consistent or strong enough. Likewise, fears that “milk’s got all those nasty hormones” isn’t a scientifically backed concern.
- Some folks can tolerate and benefit from milk, and choose to drink it. Some can’t, and don’t. If you choose to consume milk: As with all foods, it’s probably best to have milk in moderation, noting whether it causes any symptoms and discontinuing it if it bothers you.
- The verdict: Evidence strongly suggests that cultured and fermented dairy products provide many health benefits. Include them in your diet, if you want.
- Aged and cultured cheeses likely provide some health benefits. Enjoy processed cheese as an occasional treat, if you want.
- While a little butter is definitely okay, it is certainly not a superfood. Enjoy in small to moderate amounts, if you want.
- The short answer about dairy and health is:
- It depends.
- It’s complicated.
- Health (or the lack of it) comes from a complex interaction between many factors — our overall diets, our activities, our lifestyles, our environment, our genetics, our age, and so on. Additionally, nutritional research can be complicated.
- Bear this in mind: There is no “magic food” or “demon food” that will be the single factor determining your health, fitness, or body composition. Dairy is one small part of a much bigger picture.
- If you choose to eat dairy, it can be a helpful part of a fat loss or weight management program.
- If you choose to eat dairy, it can be a helpful part of a muscle gain or athletic recovery program.
- In general, dairy consumption can help bone health. But you can get enough calcium and other bone-friendly nutrients without dairy.
- If you are active and eat a well-balanced diet, moderate dairy consumption is unlikely to put you at risk for cardiovascular disease or stroke, and might decrease risk (depending what dairy you choose).
- Current research indicates that overall dairy intake does not pose increased risk of several types of cancer, but this is certainly an area where we need more research.
- If you have a dairy allergy, you should avoid dairy.
- If you are lactose intolerant, you can experiment with different options to see what you can tolerate. If your symptoms are persistent, avoid dairy.
- If you have another type of dairy sensitivity, you can experiment with different options to see what you can tolerate. If your symptoms are persistent, avoid dairy.
- Importantly: The risk of bacterial infection from raw milk, in general, outweighs any speculative health concerns about pasteurization .
- Environmental and ethical concerns are legitimate reasons to abstain from dairy if you feel passionately about them, but make sure to also research the alternatives if you’re seeking truly ethical and/or environmentally sustainable options.
There’s no “right choice.” There are only choices that work more or less for you. Your body is unique, your life is unique. You don’t need dairy to be healthy. As the evidence currently stands (read: not yet definitive), the known health benefits of dairy most certainly outweigh the suspected harms, on average. Your personal trainer can give you more information and guidance.
To read the full article, click here: https://www.precisionnutrition.com/is-dairy-good-or-bad-for-you