Milk – The Good, The Bad and The Not for Everyone!

No one can deny that milk has many nutritional benefits, regardless of whether it is from a cow, a buffalo, a sheep, goat or a camel. The question to answer is whether you need to get these nutrients just from milk and if the health risks associated with milk outweigh the benefits it offers, for some individuals if not for all.

It is clearly not possible to make any definitive judgment on this as science presents mixed results, and one result cannot be applied to the entire population. While some people may be able to derive great benefits from milk, other may increase their risk of health problems consuming dairy products.

Raw or Pasteurized?

Pasteurization was invented by Louis Pasteur to prevent beer from turning sour. It has since been used to preserve milk for long. The process involves heating milk to a high temperature and then cooling it off rapidly. This removes the pathogens in the milk that may cause illness or spoiling of the milk. However, in the process of pasteurization, there are high chances that the immunomodulatory proteins and the delicate enzymes present in the proteins may be damaged, destroyed or be reduced in their effectiveness.
On the other hand, raw milk remains just as the nature has intended it to be, for the animal it was intended for at least. There is a host of enzymes, proteins, fats, beneficial bacteria, minerals, antibodies and many other elements that help in nourishing a baby. If you intend to go for raw milk, you need to choose the animal you would want it from wisely.

Lactose Intolerance

Many people find it impossible to digest milk because they are lactose intolerant. As many as three quarters of human beings lack the enzyme needed to digest a cow’s milk properly, leading to indigestion issues. You might not be able to notice the symptoms of lactose intolerance until you cut milk out of your routine. Many people who are experiencing health issues such as headaches, asthma, digestive problems and fatigue have also shown marked improvement in their health after cutting out dairy from their daily diet.

Dairy – A Friend or Foe?

Different people react differently to milk and other dairy products. While some are able to gain many nutritional benefits from consuming milk, other may not even be able to digest it properly, leading to health issues. While it is true that there are many nutritional benefits of milk, but drinking it in the right form is important. But what if you are lactose intolerant? In this case, you are better off staying away from milk and other dairy products for a healthy life.

You can easily know if you are lactose intolerant or not by conducting a simple genetic test, known as the nutrigenomics test. It takes into consideration how you and your body react to different foods and helps you decide whether or not you should eat a specific food item. Pathway Genomics can help you decide if you should continue taking in milk or not. Get in touch with us at 877.505.7374 or leave a mail at clientservices@pathway.com to know more.