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Controversial milk or milk Myths

Milk causes inflammation in the body, many people are allergic to it, zahleňuje milk, milk is the cause of obesity and other similar negative statements about the food we found over the past hundred years. In doing so previously and chanted. Why then are we to believe when we read constantly opposites? And it goes far beyond just milk.

It is said that a half-truth is worse than a lie. Many of them also appear in relation to milk and milk products. We read that consumption of milk and dairy products leads to obesity and can affect basically all of our bodily systems. He argues that the greatest frequency of overweight and obesity in most developed countries, where it is consumed the most milk. But this statement is very contradictory.

Milk consumption and overweight?

"By far longer true that only obese people live in developed countries of Europe and America. We can literally see a pandemic of obesity, particularly among young people, in most developing countries, "explains Jan Krejsek from the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Allergology, University Hospital in Hradec Kralove, expert project White plus." No one can dispute the fact that milk and milk products both nutritionally and energetically very rich. We must therefore be regarded as a hearty meal, and it also personalize our overall diet. It should therefore include a predominance of food of vegetable origin, which is reasonably supplemented with animal proteins and fats. Present should be and dairy foods, and for its irreplaceable nutritional parameters. "

With certainty we can say that people with obesity in this state definitely get primarily the consumption of milk and dairy products. Their excessive weight is reflected in their unhealthy lifestyles, which is a lack of movement and the preferences of the body promoting foods, namely vegetables and fruits.

Drinking milk and decalcification of bones?

Until recently, medical emphasized the negative consequences of overweight for the body, especially on the circulatory system, and associate it with atherosclerosis. Increased adipose tissue in obese people was seen only as an aesthetic problem or as something merely annoying. These ideas, however, are already overcome.

"Adipose tissue of obese people, located in the abdominal cavity and liver, sending pro-inflammatory signals that inspires damaging inflammation in all organs. Thus damaging the pancreas to produce diabetes, liver damage and other metabolically active organs for developing metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, significantly affects the processes occurring in our bones. Here inflammatory response enhances the absorption of bone mass resulting in osteoporosis, "says the professor." There is no evidence that drinking milk could negatively affect bone mass. Rather, the milk itself contains calcium, phosphorus and other elements together with high quality protein containing all essential amino acids, and vitamin D. These components ensures continuous renewal of our bones. "

Milk vs. diarrhea and constipation

Often we choose foods which taste good. With exceptions, most delicious food in itself does not contain enough plant ingredients that positively affect digestion and intestinal microbiota. This diet coupled with a sedentary job and lack of exercise causes difficulty in passing, leading to constipation. Alternative individuals in addition to warn our populations against products from milk and claim that they are the cause of both diarrhea and constipation. This, however, committing a great mistake. Imbalance in the body, which is manifested problems with digestion and excretion, may positively affect just fermented milk products.

"The fermented milk products (eg. Yoghurt, buttermilk etc.) Are very valuable addition to the nutritional substances also present beneficial microorganisms, known as probiotic bacteria. Beneficial effect of these micro-organisms to digest revealed a large number of scientific studies. In the case of constipation has a positive effect on intestinal microbiota, which is mostly disturbed by our poor eating habits. Paradoxically, the very advantageous effect of probiotic microbes in the opposite situation, when we are suffering from diarrhea, "explains the expert.

Diarrhea has many causes. The most common of them, however, are positively influenced by the probiotic microorganisms which are present in large numbers in fermented milk products. Their importance is documented in scientific studies and revealed the visionary founder of immunology - Ilya Mechnikov - more than 100 years ago.

Milk and iron deficiency or anemia?

Very popular myth is the claim that drinking milk causes iron deficiency and anemia. And it is only half-truth, since milk is among the many components of our diet in which the amount of iron actually relatively low.

"In addition to infant and toddler age, when milk formulas intended for age enriched with iron and it is not recommended to drink regular milk, we enrich your diet on foods that are rich in iron. For possible anemia is not to blame milk, but abnormal diet composition, which are sources of iron, "says
the expert.

And milk allergy or intolerance?

Often, people confuse these two terms, or identify. But intolerance (intolerance) of milk mean reduced activity of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down milk sugar - lactose. People with low lactase activity lactose sufficiently decomposed, and that they then causes problems such as the most commonly flatulence, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Thus, in our affected less than 5% of adults, however, other human populations (e.g. Asians) loses adult lactase activity and tolerate milk.

Besides milk intolerance may rarely cause health problems caused by the consumption of dairy allergies to milk ingredients.

"It is an immunopathological response when some antibodies react specifically with defined allergens milk. In allergic persons and cause exposure to mere trace amounts of allergen immediate allergic reaction. They can be affected all organs of the body. Clinical manifestations such as itching and swelling usually begin in the oral cavity, "continues leading Czech allergist.

Cases milk protein allergy in our population are even rarer than cases of intolerance. They occur most frequently in children (2-3% year-olds). Most pediatric patients, however, these difficulties can "grow", and in adulthood is our allergy to milk is estimated at 0.1-0.5% of the population.

Harmful substances in the feed of dairy cows, added water, and "preservatives" in milk?

Food safety not only of microbial origin, but also with respect to other pollutants is a priority of EU policy. In any case untenable assertion that the milk of cows may receive harmful substances from their feeding. The food standards is also adding a prohibition on any "kid stuff" or diluting milk with water.

"It is well known that at the moment Europe is living through a critical overproduction of milk. This allows dairy processors increase demands on the quality of raw milk. No farmer who fail to honor these strictly monitored quality indicators of raw milk, milk processors sell, "says
Jan Krejsek from the Institute of Clinical Immunology and Allergology, University Hospital in Hradec Kralove, expert project White plus .

Author: Sarka Podlenová

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