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AFSE > Volume 3, Number 4, December 2019

Milk and Milk Products – Good or Bad

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DOI: 10.22606/afse.2019.34001

Author(s)
Anil Kumar
Affiliation(s)
School of Biotechnology, Devi Ahilya University, Khandwa Road, Indore-452001, India
Abstract
Since long time, it has been considered that milk and milk products are healthy foods for human beings. On the other hand, some milk products have been reported to exhibit harmful effects. There are reports that milk and other dairy products when consumed by human beings especially in higher amount increase the risk of many chronic diseases like obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and even cancers of various types. A large number of cohort studies on large and variable population of humans have been carried out for different diseases and data are analyzed using multivariable statistical models. High fat contents containing milk products, presence of carcinogenic pesticides and/or growth factors like IGF-1 may promote cancer cell growth. However, no conclusive evidence is there for harmful effect of milk and its products. In spite of no conclusive evidence for harmful effects, nowadays, many people especially in developed countries prefer plant derived drinks isolated from rice, soybean, almonds etc in place of milk and its products.
Keywords
Milk, milk (Dairy) products, bone integrity, pesticides, breast cancer, fracture, cardiovascular diseases, anthropometric variables, adiposity, lung cancer, odd carbon fatty acids, diabetes
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