What’s exactly up with milk? Is it a vital nutrient for strong bones or is milk full of hormones and other toxins that shouldn’t be allowed in our bodies? We aren’t doctors or nutritionists but we’ve done a little research to explore both sides of this debate.
According to Better Health Channel, “Milk is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium. Nutritionists recommend that milk and other dairy products should be consumed daily as part of a balanced diet.”
The vitamins and nutrients you can expect to find in milk include:
- Vitamins A, D and B12
What about the difference between 1%, 2%, Skim, & Vitamin D?
Almost all liquid milk approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is fortified with vitamin D. The difference between vitamin D milk and 2% depends on the composition of the vitamin D milk. Since most 2% milk contains vitamin D, there’s almost no difference between the two. There’s only minor difference between the vitamin D and 2% milk, for example, “full-fat” vitamin D milk is different than regular vitamin D milk. So whole milk contains the most fat, with 3.5%, reduced fat milk has 2% of milk fat, 1% milk has 1% milk fat and skim milk can contain up to 0.2% fat.
If milk isn’t your thing, there are other options for you! Many people choose to opt out of milk for a healthier and dietary solution.
Sometimes milk gets a bad wrap because of hormones and other chemicals found in the cows, which many people avoid. Also, many people around the world are not able to process milk, making them lactose intolerant. According to Dr. Weil, M.D. milk consumption is the reason associated with recurrent childhood ear infections, eczema, asthma, sinus infections, and other ailments. Dr. Weil states that those not allergic to milk will find that their symptoms improve when they eliminate milk products.
Here are options for opting out of milk:
Has almost as much protein as cow’s milk, plus plant chemicals that may help lower cholesterol.
This milk offers lots of carbs, making the perfect fuel after a workout!
Fewest calories out of the milk bunch, it’s fortified with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, as well as calcium and vitamins A and D.
Naturally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are amazing nutrients for your heart, brain, and mood.
Has the least amount of sodium and can be very low-cal, as well as vitamin B12, a brain boosting nutrient!