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Top 7 Most Common Myths About Dairy That Everyone Should Know
5. Low-fat and fat free options are the way to go.
Nope, nope and nope. Sure, many of us want to reach automatically for the low-fat yogurt, cheese and skimmed milk options at the store, but they can actually be the worse ones to go for. Not only do the fatty acids in full fat dairy leave you feeling fuller for longer, but low-fat and fat-free versions are often chemically modified and have other ingredients added to them to retain the flavour while cutting the fat.
6. Organic milk is better than ordinary milk.
Both types of milk, whether organic or regular milk, are highly nutritious containing many essential minerals and plenty of protein. The health of the cows who provide both types of milk are closely monitored, their diets are regulated, and all milk is fresh and pasteurised.
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7. Pasteurization depletes the nutrients in milk.
Pasteurization is the process which all milk must go through, whether organic or ordinary, to kill bacteria and make the milk safe for us to drink. Milk is highly nutritious and studies show that pasteurizing it does not affect this nutrient content. In fact, properly processed milk has vitamins A and D added to it, meaning it has an even more increased nutritional value, and remember what we said about the necessity of vitamin D combined with calcium!
In short, yes, dairy products are very high in calcium and other essential nutrients but, as with any food, they should not be relied upon as a sole source of these minerals, nor should they be cut out of a person’s diet if they are lactose intolerant. As the saying goes, all things in moderation! So, keep enjoying your daily glass of milk and all of the yummy cheeses the world has to offer as part of a healthy, balanced diet.