Exploring the pros and cons of this controversial food group
We?re often asked whether dairy is good or bad. Short answer: It depends. In this article we?ll help you make sense of the research ? and the wildly different opinions ? sharing everything you need to decide if dairy is for you.
Is dairy ?good? or ?bad??
For most of us, milk was our first food.
As a species, we?ve consumed dairy (in some form or another) for millennia.
For centuries, milk has been seen as ?good for us?. ?Milk: It Does A Body Good? was even the tagline for a series of ads in the 1980s. Google ?vintage milk ads? and you?ll see that promoting milk?s health benefits has a long history.
Nowadays, people aren?t so sure. Some say milk is full of ?bad? fat, unhealthy chemicals, hormones, and impossible-to-digest proteins. That it?ll harm your GI tract, cause acne, make you a mucus-y mess, and increase your cancer risk.
How can you decide what?s right for you?
Good news: There?s lots of research on milk and dairy.
Bad news: It?s complicated.
That?s why, in this article, we?ll look at what research says about dairy, what it doesn?t say, and where it?s undecided. Then, based on that?scientific evidence, YOU can make a choice that aligns with YOUR goals and needs.
Here?s what we?ll cover.
- What?s actually in milk?
- Are some forms of dairy healthier than others?
- What does the research?really?say about how dairy affects your health?
- How do farming and processing practices influence milk?s nutritional value?
- Is dairy a necessary part of a healthy diet?
- Is dairy right for you as an individual?
How to read this article.
This article is comprehensive. Like,?really?comprehensive; nearly 10,000 words. If you?re not?that?interested in a deep dive into dairy, but still want the important take-home messages, you can easily navigate as follows.
Want to know how dairy will affect your health and fitness?
Want to explore which types of dairy are healthiest?
- Skip to ?How do dairy types differ??
If you?re a health and fitness professional:
Want to know the bottom line and make a decision about dairy for yourself?
- Skip to ?What does this mean for you??
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