The mystery about milk

  1. Milk can prevent fractures?
  It is an indisputable fact that calcium can harden bones. Milk is a high-quality source of calcium, with more than one gram of calcium per liter. Experiments have shown that children who eat more dairy products have higher bone density, but there is no research to prove whether this also means that they are less likely to fracture. In addition, whether milk can prevent osteoporosis in the elderly is still inconclusive, because factors such as genetics, muscle mass, exercise, and blood vitamin D levels must also be considered.
  2. Does milk hinder human circulation?
  As early as the 12th century, the philosopher Moses Maimonides claimed that milk causes “head constipation.” This conclusion is still believed. In fact, after drinking milk, the mucus in the throat becomes thicker. This is an illusion caused by the creamy texture of milk. There is no evidence that milk can stimulate the production of mucus in the throat.
  3. Is skimmed milk healthier?
  Do not! Whether dairy products are healthy depends on the processing method. In the process of producing butter, the natural fat drop structure of milk is destroyed, so butter is easier to raise cholesterol levels than cheese. And yogurt can lower cholesterol levels, probably because it contains flora.
  4. No animal died of milk?
  Dairy cows will only produce milk when they often give birth to calves. After the calf is born, it is forced to be separated from its mother, and the infertile cows are sent to the slaughterhouse. The female calf is the reserve force for the dairy herd, while the bull calf is sold. As a result of the sale of a bull calf, the farmer can only make a profit of 10 euros, and the current practice is to kill it directly.
  5. Are dairy products more environmentally friendly than meat?
  Not always. Although compared to pork and poultry, each kilogram of milk and yogurt emits significantly less greenhouse gases, but the production of cheese emits a lot of carbon dioxide, and the amount of carbon dioxide emitted during the production of butter far exceeds that of beef.
  6. UHT milk has almost no vitamins?
  Ultra-high temperature sterilization does cause the loss of some vitamin B and vitamin C in milk, but the loss is only 20%.
  7. Can the hormones in milk cause cancer?
  Drinking milk can reduce the risk of colon tumors, breast tumors and stomach tumors, and obviously has no effect on the incidence of many other tumors. Only men with more than one liter of milk a day have a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer. The culprit may be the growth hormone IGF-1, which stimulates cell division.