Exploring the pros and cons of this controversial food group

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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?

If you?re a health and fitness professional:

Want to know the bottom line and make a decision about dairy for yourself?

Let?s get to it. (complete article)

By Ryan Andrews & Brian St. Pierre for Precision Nutrition

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