Milk, cheese, ice cream, butter – these dairy foods and more are used by many mobile restaurants, festival concessions, and even in retail or franchise restaurants or executive dining. After all, what’s a roll without butter – and what’s more delicious than cheese whether with broccoli, asparagus, or served up on a hamburger? If you were to read some of the articles and blogs online written by health “fanatics,” you may be frightened to death to take even one sip of whole milk. Is dairy really as dangerous as some make it out to be, and do you have to give it up completely? As a trusted contract food services company, we have a few thoughts on the subject.
True, some people are lactose intolerant and others are allergic to the proteins in milk products, whey and casein. In fact, it’s estimated that about 1 to 2% of children are allergic to these proteins, and even fewer adults have this problem. On the other hand, lactose is a carbohydrate found in dairy products that about 65% of adults around the world have at least some reduced tolerance to. While these are certainly concerns, a doctor can diagnose either.
Headlines are designed to capture the attention of the reader; some refer to these wild headlines regarding the dangers of dairy as “clickbait.” Dairy products can allegedly, according to some, cause everything from acne and inflammation to cancer. While we have no proof regarding acne, cancer, or other conditions, studies have indicated that dairy does not contribute to inflammation, and in fact may be an anti-inflammatory.
The truth is, dairy products do contain nutrients including vitamins A and D, and calcium. This is not to say consumers have to include dairy in their diets, as these nutrients are also found in many other foods and are easily accessible through a balanced diet. Ultimately, the key is to enjoy dairy products in moderation if you aren’t allergic to whey or casein, or aren’t lactose intolerant. As everyone knows, cheese, ice cream, and other “rich” dairy goodies can contribute to high cholesterol – not to mention an expanding waistline. In everything, moderation is key!
Is dairy really that dangerous? For those who don’t develop negative symptoms and who consume it as part of an overall balanced, healthy diet, probably not. Remember the old commercial proclaiming “Milk, it does a body good”? For many, this is likely the truth.
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