It’s good for you! Then it’s bad for you! Eat only non- or low-fat dairy products! Get 2-3 servings of dairy per day! Dairy should be avoided at all costs; it is unnatural for human consumption! bST is safe to consume! Grass-fed is the only way! Quite the controversial subject dairy has become in recent years!
So what is the truth to all this madness!? There isn’t enough evidence to firmly state whether to eat it or not, but there are some things to be mindful of when talking about dairy consumption. Unfortunately, there is no formula that applies across the board, as some individuals are completely intolerant and others can handle consumption. In fact, about 2/3 of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant and we are the only species of living creatures to continue drinking milk after the infant years and, even more so, the only species to drink a completely different species maternal milk. It is natural for us to decrease or completely lose the lactose enzyme after our first few years of life as we wean onto a regular diet. On the other hand, we have been consuming dairy for years and one could argue our bodies have adapted to this. So, if dairy works for you, then carry on! However, I will give you a couple wise guidelines I highly recommend to abide by when purchasing and incorporating dairy into your lifestyle:
- Choose full-fat diary
Why would we ever consume full fat dairy?! First off, the saturated fat myth has been debunked and there is in fact NO link between heart disease and saturated fat (the link lies more in the quality of fat and foods you ingest). Most of dairy’s nutritious and even metabolic benefits come from its fatty components. That does not mean to go gung-ho with the full fat dairy and butter (yes, butter is not bad for you either!), but there is no need for the average person to fully avoid it. Be mindful and take into consideration higher fat content does mean higher caloric intake.
- Choose grass-fed or organic dairy
Once again, I would advise to eat or drink grass-fed or organic dairy products since grass-fed dairy is higher in fat-soluble vitamins and does not contain any harmful antibiotics or growth hormones. Thus meaning grass-fed is also more nutritious and beneficial.
Hope that helps to clear SOME of the mystery regarding dairy. Be aware of how it makes you feel, your reactions to it, and ALWAYS choose quality! After all, we are what we eat.