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Milk consumption - facts, recommendations and alternatives

Many rumors, many studies.

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Drinking milk today is a thing of the past: some people advocate the consumption of cow's milk, others reject milk as a disease maker. Milk was considered healthy for a long time and therefore landed daily on the dining table. Today, milk is suspected of causing diseases such as diabetes and osteoporosis or even to promote cancer. Here you will find all the facts and recommendations for the consumption of animal milk.

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Consumers love milk

However, milk in Germany and Austria is still very popular with consumers. The German average person consumes about 60 liters of milk, about 25 kilograms of cheese and about six kilograms of butter spread over a year. This consumption is endorsed by some nutritionists as well as the German Society for Nutrition (DGE). Around 250 milliliters of milk a day, the DGE recommends daily as a healthy amount of milk.
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Potential Sick Milk?

From osteoporosis to lactose intolerances

For a long time there have been warnings about milk consumption, because milk is suspected of not supplying calcium to the body, but to withdraw it - a danger for osteoporosis. Some researchers even warn that high milk intake may increase the risk of bone fractures. In addition, the harmful trans fats contained in the milk are said to be bad for the body and make the consumer fat. In addition, it is discussed whether milk other mammals should even be on the diet of humans, because anyway many people due to lactose intolerance, no milk and get digestive problems. Meanwhile, 15 percent of adults in Germany suffer from lactose intolerance and are not allowed to consume milk or milk products.
Recent studies, however, warn against the consumption of cow's milk due to possible altered gene activities. Scientists point to this in the milk contained, potentially mutagenic, microRNA. These are supposed to be tiny molecules that are very similar to our genetic material and thus can influence our gene activity in the body. Thus, more and more acne diseases, arterial calcification, obesity and allergies. Many researchers also advise against milk for children and adolescents, as this could have an impact on the growth hormone. However, no large-scale study proves these effects on the human body and no study can definitely prove that milk is fundamentally harmful to adolescents and adults. One exception, however, confirms the rule: High milk intake can increase the risk of contracting prostate cancer to a minimum.
Although there are studies that can provide circumstantial evidence for the harmfulness of milk, these are not yet mature enough to provide final results. Scientists from Sweden have been able to show that lactose-intolerant people who consistently avoid milk have been less likely to suffer from cancers such as lung cancer or breast and ovarian cancer than their family members who have continued to consume milk.
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Reduce milk consumption

However, none of the previous research provides a basis for the demonization of milk consumption, because so far outweigh the results, according to which a moderate consumption of milk and cheese is unproblematic. Milk is therefore not the miracle food from the 1990s, that the children are healthy and strong due to the contained trace elements and calcium levels, but also not to reject as potentially pathogenic.
That's why babies and toddlers can continue to enjoy moderate milk. Babies of one to three years should not exceed 350 to 400 milliliters per day. It is important to know that babies and toddlers are not allowed to drink raw milk. With increasing age, the need for nutrients increases and the amount of milk can be increased. Babies and toddlers should not only be fed on milk alternatives, as essential nutrients for growth are often lacking in these products.
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Milk alternatives

From almond drinks to coconut milk

Consumers who want to consume less milk or even want to do without milk, find plenty of alternatives to milk in the supermarkets. In addition to milk drinks made from soybeans, oatmeal or rice, there are also coconut milk or hazelnut or almond milk. These alternatives are sweetened or unsweetened or even spiked with calcium. In addition, the milk alternatives should be good for your health and have a positive effect on digestion. Detailed information on alternative animal milk can be found here and all important information about coconut milk & Co., so you can find herbal alternatives here.
Letztes Update: 07.07.2019 13:49