Myth Busters

The facts and myths about milk explained

As dairy farming has been a part of agriculture for hundreds of years, there are a number of myths that have built up around the topic of dairy. Research and scientific literature based on milk products addresses and separates the myths from the facts.

Spicy food such as chillies contains a substance called capsaicin. This substance causes your tongue to sting when eating spicy food. Milk contains casein which helps to combat the capsaicin by binding with the spicy oil to wash it away. Water based drinks merely spreads the oil rather than mixing with it. As a result, the heating effect of the spice is not soothed.

Scientific research indicates that milk consumption does not cause mucus production. The natural creamy texture might make you feel as though there is mucus in the mouth and throat but milk does not cause the body to produce mucus or phlegm.

Both organic and conventionally produced milk are nutritious, provided that both organic and conventional dairy farmers can produce high quality milk by practicing proper environmental and animal care on their farms.

Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy milk in many ways without an outburst of symptoms. Each person needs to find their own tolerance levels as some can consume small quantities of milk while others can consume hard cheeses and yoghurt.

Consuming raw milk can be a health hazard as it might be contaminated with bacteria. Pasteurized milk is a safer option for consumers as the process would kill most bacteria in the milk. The nutritional value remains more or less the same.

Disclaimer- It is always advisable to consult a health care professional for further advice.