Dairy foods are a controversial subject these days. Yes, they have shown to benefit bone health and they contain a great source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D. However, many experts believe dairy can be harmful and should be avoided at all costs.
Did you know that humans are the only species that consume milk during adulthood? Some of the many dairy products we eat include milk, cheese, butter, yogurt and ice cream. However, while it’s true that you are benefiting from some of dairy’s nutrients, you’re also consuming large amounts of cholesterol and saturated fats; this could increase your risk for heart disease and other health problems.
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Sandra Paterra, certified health counselor, explains that when you give up eating dairy, “you will be eating less lactose and less sugar.” This is especially important for individuals who suffer from lactose intolerance. “Many people cannot digest the lactose and are sensitive to it, therefore suffer with digestive issues,” she adds.
Remember, if you do decide to stop consuming dairy, you have to make up for the loss of dairy’s nutrients in other ways. Take a calcium supplement for strong bones and reduced risk for osteoporosis; and go outside and expose yourself to the sun to reduce your risk for vitamin D deficiency.