Is dairy really bad for you?

Is dairy really bad for you?

Say it isn't so

Text: Janice Sim

We uncover the answer to that burning question

Whether it's the milk in our espressos, cheese on our crackers, or ice-cream for our breakups, it's an undeniable fact that dairy makes everything instantly better. But while it could be a hearty ingredient for the food on our table, is it honestly good for our bodies? We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we dug deeper and found out that the rich, delicious substance might not be as nutritious and wholesome for us as it seems. 

It interferes with your weight loss plans

Dairy holds an exorbitantly high amount of calories. Just a single glass of milk amounts to 165 calories, as stated by Nutra Check. You might have been laying off carbs and sugar for a good month but if you've been religiously loading up on Llao Llao, chances are that nothing's going to change on the scale. 

It makes you break out

People with acne prone skin should know that chugging down milk every morning probably isn't a good idea. According to research done in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology in 2010, there was a strong association found between dairy consumption and acne. Milk is in fact, pro-inflammatory and makes your skin produce more sebum that it should — hence leading to frequent breakouts.

Dairy bad for health

It increases your risk of cancer

Before you freak out, this isn't entirely proven yet. However, a study from Sweden's Karolinska Institute did show a significant connection between milk consumption and increased risk of ovarian cancer. It would be wise to watch your daily milk intake, especially if you have a history of cancer in your family.

It contains other "stuff"

Unless you live on a farm, where your milk and cheese are freshly churned out, the cartons of milk and cheese products that you buy in supermarkets have all been effectively processed, in some way or another. According to a paper published in the Journal of Dairy and Veterinary Sciences in March 2017, contaminants like melamine fall into the mix of the milk products when processed, which can actually cause urinary tract infections with its high nitrogen content.