Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dairy: Debunking the Myths

Like many foods, dairy has gotten a bad reputation and I'm not quite sure why. Students have been asking a lot of questions about the health benefits of milk so I thought I'd share some "food for thought".

MYTH #1:
"I can eat dairy? But it'll make me gain weight."

- Some research studies actually indicate the opposite, despite popular belief.
- By choosing low fat or skim dairy products, you'll be eating nutrient-dense foods to help build strong bones and muscles.

MYTH #2:
"I'm lactose intolerant and therefore should avoid all milk and dairy foods."

- Many people with lactose intolerance can actually comfortably digest about one cup of milk per meal without developing side effects.
- Choosing aged cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss, may help as they are lower in lactose.
- If you introduce dairy back into your diet after a hiatis, do so slowly to best gage tolerance.
- Buy lactose-free products and yogurts with pre and probiotics to help digest lactose.

MYTH #3:
"Organic milk is healthier than regular milk."

- There's no evidence to support that organic milk is better in regards to both food safety and nutrient quality.
- Both the organic and non-organic milks are complete proteins, containing all nine essential amino acids.
- All milk is tested for antibiotics to ensure safety.

The time to build up your bone density is now, not when you're old and grey. Remember to include low fat/non-fat dairy in your diet at least three times per day. For more information, or to setup a free nutrition counseling session, please email the campus dietitian at


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  2. Whole milk > skim milk. Look it up. Fat is not bad for you as you may have been told thousands of times. Fat does not make you fat. Do your own homework and research and see for yourself

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