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Health Concerns

Scientific evidence supports the fact that there is no need to be concerned about the health consequences of consuming milk products.

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  • Milk Products and Hyperactivity in Children

    It is advised that children with hyperactive behaviour, just like other children, consume the recommended intake of milk and milk products.

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  • Dairy Consumption Does not Cause Iron Deficiency Among Infants and Children

    The consumption of cow’s milk per se has not been shown to cause iron deficiency in infants and young children. However, for children aged more than 6 months, complementation with iron-rich foods is required to ensure that they have adequate iron intake.

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  • Understanding the Relationship Between Milk Products and Asthma

    Although the belief that drinking milk exacerbates asthma symptoms can be traced back to ancient traditional Chinese medicine, scientific evidence to date fails to support this hypothesis. Furthermore, emerging data shows that milk products, especially regular-fat milk products, may have a protective role against asthma.

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  • Acne, Nutrition and Milk Products

    Current research is increasingly focused on the connection between nutrition and acne, but the link between milk products and this skin condition remains inconclusive. What researchers are finding is that diets with a low glycemic load and high intake of antioxidants and omega-3 fats may be beneficial in treating acne.

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  • Sleep and Tryptophan

    Does drinking milk make you sleepy? Yes and no. Protein foods such as milk and milk products contain the sleep-inducing amino acid tryptophan. Having warm milk at bedtime is a good way to work towards reaching the recommended number of servings of Milk and Alternatives each day, and can be a comforting way to unwind. Yet, consuming milk as such is unlikely to induce sleep, as the amount of tryptophan present in milk is too small.

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  • Mucus

    Is it okay to drink milk when suffering from a cold? Does milk cause mucus, i.e. nasal secretions? No. There is absolutely no research to support the notion that milk consumption causes an increase in the production of mucus or other cold-related symptoms.

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  • Constipation

    Is there a link between cheese and constipation? No. Constipation is not caused by any individual food. It is most often a result of a lack of dietary fibre, inadequate hydration and inadequate physical activity.

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  • Diarrhea and Lactose

    When diarrhea occurs, should we restrict milk products? In most cases, no. However, it is possible that certain individuals who are lactose intolerant may suffer from diarrhea after lactose ingestion.

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  • Kidney Stones and Calcium

    Are high-calcium diets related to the formation of kidney stones? No. People who suffer from kidney stones don’t need to eliminate milk products from their diet.

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