Chasing the perfectly sculpted body is what we see so many of us doing and we would do all it takes, whether it’s about switching to a vegan diet, going on a crash program or choosing between working out and taking weight loss supplements. Especially, the Pakistani awaam puts a lot more effort, going from regular to diet coke and then from whole to skimmed milk and that is when you sit back and think: Is it even healthy to start replacing your dairy product intake with other forms? This article may alter your perception a great deal about your milk consumption when you are on a diet (or not).
Myth #1: Milk is the best source of calcium
Milk or any of the other dairy product might be the most convenient source of calcium for you but not entirely the best source there is. Whereas, it has been stated that an average adult needs to meet the daily calcium need of 1000mg, you are simply not just getting it from a mug of warm milk. Rather, that combined with a thick chunk of cheese along with one cup of yogurt is what completes that requirement. Switch to leafy greens, black eyes peas, almonds and oranges for better sources of calcium.
Myth #2: Skimmed milk helps with weight loss
This might come as a huge shocker to some, but it’s true. If you replaced your regular cup of whole milk with skimmed milk, you aren’t exactly going places with your weight loss game. Skimmed milk is said to be fat-free, and you don’t want to get yourself into something like that considering the role fats play in controlling your appetite and telling you when you are full.
Myth #3: Skimmed milk helps with heart disease
If you think cutting down on all that saturated fat and cholesterol in skimmed milk only would help you stay away from cardiac issues, you definitely need to reconsider. Because it has been suggested that the fats from whole dairy products aren’t what contributes to heart risks, no wonder our baap daadas would always consume them in whole forms and wouldn’t have to deal with issues on such a large scale like we have to. An overall improvement in your diet and avoidance of sticky foods is what needs to be considered instead of eliminating natural forms of foods from your diet.
Myth #4: Skimmed milk is natural milk
Who says? Clearly, skimmed milk is highly pasteurized with all the essential bacteria and other micro-molecules removed, that would help strengthen the immune system. It needs to be understood how skimmed milk is yet another addition to the consumer market with labels such as ‘natural and healthy’ attached, whereas, in reality, skimmed milk contains little to no nutritional value as compared to whole milk.
Myth #5: Milk needs to be avoided because of sugar
The only form of sugar that milk actually contains is lactose and that too is a naturally found sugar, not the kind you need to be avoiding in order to cut down those pounds. The sugar you need to avoid is the externally added sugar, the white forms of sugar, not the naturally occurring and the brown ones.