Dr Oz: Why Milk May Be Dangerous for Your Health
A new Harvard study could change the conversation about milk. What if it does not boost strong bones, instead causing inflammation and increasing milk cancer risks? Do you have a Milk Sensitivity?
Dr Oz: Does Milk Build Strong Bones?
Milk has been a popular healthy product in our diets for decades, and the US government recommends drinking three glasses per day. But a new Harvard study is questioning the benefits of milk. Dr Mark Hyman has responded to the story, which is sparking a conversation about health.
Dr Hyman, author of The Ultrasimple Diet, published a controversial blog post questioning the wisdom of milk in our diets. He told Dr Oz that we have all seen milk ads for years that make health claims. But now Harvard and the Federal Trade Commission are looking for scientific evidence to back up health claims associated with milk.
Dr Oz: Is Milk Bad for Your Gut?
He also said that low-fat milk drinkers gain more weight, and the sugar is actually what is causing people to put on fat. Dr Hyman added that milk does not help build stronger bones. Instead, its acid content from milk protein causes us to urinate calcium. Instead, we need Vitamin D to strengthen our bones.
Did you know that 75% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant (including up to 25% in the US)? That’s because the body does not have the enzyme needed to digest lactose. The stomach can’t absorb the sugar, so it ferments and causes symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation and gas.
Dr Oz: Milk Sensitivity
Then there are milk proteins such as casein and whey, which could be related to Milk Sensitivity or Dairy Sensitivity. That could lead to systemic inflammation, which could lead to other health problems.
Dr Oz: Milk Cancer Risk
Dr Hyman also told Dr Oz that milk is naturally full of hormones and growth factors, including Insulin-Like Growth Factor (IGF-1), which makes cancer cells grow. This could increase your risk of Ovarian Cancer and double your risk of Prostate Cancer. Is this advice going to make you rethink milk in your routine?
Dr Oz: Milk Alternatives
Doctor Oz said that he still thinks milk is a better option than sugary drinks such as sodas. But if you are looking for an alternative, here are some choices.
- Almond Milk
- Coconut Milk
- Goat Milk
Try to stick to unsweetened milks, and experiment to see if one of these substitutes relieves your Milk Sensitivity symptoms.