Milk generally is a product of mammals, including humans used for breastfeeding their young ones. It is a natural food source and it is readily available. Cow’s milk is now one of the most popular beverages and It contains valuable nutrients that help support a growing body, including calcium and protein.
However, excessive intake of milk can be dangerous as it has been associated with many bad health conditions. Milk is specialized and made for infants. Therefore, moderation of the intake is important for adults inorder to avoid these conditions. In this article,I will mention 5 of the conditions, explaining how milk causes them.
1. Lactose Intolerance
According to the college of medicine, University of Ibadan,there are more than 1.5 million cases of this condition every year. It is caused by the inability to digest lactose,a type of sugar in breast milk and cow’s milk.Infants and children produce enzymes such as lactase that break down this lactose. As we grow up,many of us lose this capacity.Therefore, when we take this milk in excess it can lead to Lactose intolerance which is a condition associated with symptoms such as diarrhoea, stomach pain and bloating.
2. Heart diseases
Milk has been considered a risk factor for heart diseases such as atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease (CHD) because it contains cholesterol and saturated fatty acids that can form plaques in blood vessels, blocking the passage of blood within the heart.
3. Bone Health
Research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bone health. According to the analysis published in the British Medical Journal, a study of more than 96,000 people found that the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they experienced as adults.
Don’t be surprised that the same milk that has been said to reduce the risk of cancer can also cause it. However,it depends on how the milk is produced. Most cows nowadays are given grown growth hormones which contains chemicals that can increase the risk of cancers like prostate and ovarian cancer.
5. Skin conditions
Excessive milk intake can cause acne. D-galactose, a by-product of lactose, is known to be pro-inflammatory, which can lead to acne. From a study conducted in 2016, it was found that teenagers who suffered from acne drank higher amounts of milk. Milk’s pro-inflammatory property has also been linked with other skin conditions like eczema, and can trigger people who suffer from rosacea.
With these, please try to source for pure milk and reduce the general intake of diary products.