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    Milk....cow, soy, rice, oat, almond, sheep???!!!

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    As a health practitioner I am so often asked about milk!

    If we need it, which type/ brand/ make/ model we should drink. No longer is there one type or one version. Cows no longer hold the hierarchy!

    And yes it is confusing which is why the following questions aren't at all uncommon…..



    Can I drink regular milk?

    Should it be low fat? High calcium? Protein enriched? Flavored? Sweetened? Homogenised? Pasturised?

    Low fat? Full fat? Low cholesterol?

    Should we have soy - isn't it healthier?? But which brand? Wasn't one taken off the shelves recently?

    Is GM good or bad?

    But I heard soy is bad? is that true? Will soy make me grow breasts, get breast cancer, increase my estrogen levels?? I'm sure someone told me that? And the fact that I'm a guy isn't that even worse?

    Or maybe rice milk is better? Or hang on, is it oat or almond or sheep's milk that's better?



    So… what is the answer? Well that would be cheating!! What I want to do is open up the floor! Lets start a discussion and put forward our view! Isn't that the best way to learn and grow!!



    Looking forward to hearing your opinions!



    Kylie, Tennille & Mel from Strive Health Management
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  • Matt Murfitt

    Personal Trainer

    Hi my name is Matt and I love health and fitness. I am a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia with many years experience in Australasia ... View Profile

    Don't forget that all of us were originally raise on milk

    but I gather 20% of people do no have the genes to properly digest cows milk - that is - they are lactose intolerant

  • Rochelle @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    So glad you started this topic. I am interested to hear what others think and drink for milk.



    I have two sons who we believe are lactose intolerant. I give them Rice Milk. I buy the Rice Milk from the supermarket that is in the refridgerator section. I am not a fan of long life milk not sure why but it just doesnt seem right to have milk that doesnt need to be in the fridge. The peadeatrican was concerned about the amount of calcium so I checked and it has the same amount as the A2 lite white milk which I use for my other son.



    So my solutions for milk are A2 lite and Rice Milk. Would love to hear on this.

  • Matt Murfitt

    Personal Trainer

    Hi my name is Matt and I love health and fitness. I am a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia with many years experience in Australasia ... View Profile

    Good post Amelia - I was always wondering what the difference between cows milk and that from people actually was.

  • Sally Brown

    HealthShare Member

    Can anyone tell me whether we are drinking cow's hormones and growth factors and any drugs they are fed when we drink cow's milk? Or are all of these things removed when the milk is processed? i haven't grown any black and white spots yet, but just wondering….

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    Chris Fonda

    Dietitian, Nutritionist, Sports Dietitian

    As an Accredited Sports Dietitian, APD and athlete (springboard diver), Chris has both professional and personal experience in sport at the sub-elite and elite level.Chris ... View Profile

    As a nutritionist and soon to be dietitian, I don't believe that milk is “bad” for us like it has been portrayed by some health professionals. In terms of nutrients, milk, including other dairy products such as yoghurt contains the most bioavailable source of calcium and is packed with vitamins and minerals (phosporous, magnesium, potassium, zinc, riboflavin, vitamin A and B12, protein and carbohydrate making it an ideal food group and should be consumed everyday. The dietary guidelines for Australians recommend 2-3 serves of dairy each day.

    Yes some people are lactose intolerant and cannot consume normal milk so lactose free dairy milks can provide the calcium and nutrients needed for good health. We all know that calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth and to protect against osteoporsis later in life. Some people may also be allergic to cow's milk (generally only as a child) but may progress into adulthood so alternatives such as soy, rice, almond, and oat milk can be a good alternative (provided they are fortified with calcium). In regards to the comment earlier that milk causes mucus, numerous studies have disproven this myth (see here: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Health-and-nutrition/Dairy-and-Health/Dairy-Myths.aspx#Mucas). 

    I would strongly recommend that people consult an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) on nutrition related topics such as they are the “experts” in all things food and nutrition. In particular those who have lactose intolerance, or some sort of allergy to dairy proteins. APDs are able to turn the science into practical advice that the general public can understand and can also help to dispell many myths surrounding nutrition. APDs can also help you to modify your diet without sacrificing important nutrients. To find an APD head to the Dietitians Association of Australia's website (www.daa.asn.au) and click on the “Find an Accredited Practising Dietitian” tab on the home page.

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