Milk is regarded as nature's most complete food and referred as a power house of nutrients. But now’s days we have got different varieties of milk such as powdered milk, skimmed milk, pasteurised , unpasteurised milk, goat milk, rice milk, almond milk and soy. These different varieties bring up some side effects such as:
1. Lactose intolerance : Lactose intolerance is something we’re all familiar with; it is a condition in which the body can't break down lactose, a sugar present in milk.
Symptoms of lactose intolerance
- Abdominal cramping,
- And diarrhea.
One can develop lactose intolerance in adulthood in this condition one can drink milk without side effects in childhood. But in adolescence he becomes intolerant to lactose. In this condition curd can help him.
2. Drinking Too Much Milk
When a person is taking overdose of milk he or she is unwittingly adding excess calories to their diet that could lead to obesity or weight gain. A cup of Milk contains 149 calories, to avoid this excess weight gain you can use skim milk which had just 91 calories per cup.
3. Powdered milk
Now’s days people had started using dried or powdered milk instead of fresh milk as it is less expensive and easily available. A source claims that powdered milk contains oxidized cholesterol (most dangerous type of cholesterol) which is extremely bad for your health. So it’s better to avoid powdered milk.
4. Milk Allergies
A milk allergy is something different from lactose intolerance. There are some rare cases in whom there immune system response to the proteins in milk and causes allergic symptoms.
Symptoms of a milk allergy
- Throat tightness,
- Upset stomach,
- Itchy eyes,
- And swelling.
These symptoms start in few minutes or can take hour after taking of milk. It can be fatal condition that requires emergency medical intervention.
5. Iron Absorption Troubles
An overdose of Milk can affect iron absorption .Thus reducing the effectiveness of iron supplements. Therefore consuming too much milk can might develop anaemia and can cause deficiency of iron. For this reason, it is recommend that babies under 12 months old should not be given cow's milk at all and children under 5 should be limited to three servings of milk per day
6. Renal disease:
A person suffering from renal disease should avoid the excess intake of milk because milk is rich sources of protein and calcium which can damage the kidney along with the formation of renal stone.
7. Artificially increasing milk production
Nowadays, milking cows are injected with antibiotics and growth hormone (rBGH – a man-made or synthetic hormone) used to artificially increase milk production, a regular intake of this rBGH milk would increase risks of developing breast cancer, prostate cancer, blood cancer and promoting its invasiveness.
The best milk substitutes
A best substitute is unsweetened almond milk, because it is alkalizing, delicious and tastes very similar to milk. You can even cook with it. You can also try rice or organic soy milk.
Prepared by : Dr Shivani Amola