And while some people are moving to cut out dairy for ethical reasons, if your concerns are health-related, does the science stack up in favour of waving ‘bye’ to the old semi skimmed?
THE HYPE BEHIND SWERVING DAIRY
Milk products have long been vilified for their fat content and the perception that they can cause bloating; plus, the rise of veganism has led to more people than ever ditching dairy.
THE REALITY BEHIND SWERVING DAIRY
First things first, if you’re avoiding dairy for weight loss, don’t bother. Research points to milk, yoghurt and even cheese as weight loss aids, thanks to dairy being loaded with satiating fat, protein and nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium – all crucial for burning excess fat.
One review in the International Journal Of Obesity found that those who ate an increased amount of dairy as part of a calorie-restricted diet lost an average of 1.6lbs more from their fat stores than those on a similar diet with less dairy.
But it’s about health benefits, too. By side-stepping the semi- skimmed entirely, you could be missing out on vital nutrients.
A 2017 study by the World Health Organisation found that alt-milk drinkers could be at risk of iodine deficiency, an easily preventable cause of brain damage (sea veggies are a good source if you’re running low).
As for other issues, the struggle can be real.
While just a tiny fraction of adults are truly allergic to dairy, many more experience pain and bloating when digesting milk products. Recent research revealed that a bloating and inflammatory protein called A1 beta-casein is just as likely as lactose to be the culprit.
Happily, a2 Milk, which contains the more easily digested A2 beta-casein, can reduce symptoms, and it’s available on Ocado (£1.39 for 1L).
Or, simply bypass the bloat with nut or soya varieties.
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