- According to Gary
I’ve heard some pretty wacky things about nutrition in my time. It’s amazing how many people get the facts wrong on things like milk. So, to set the record straight, here are some of my favourite myth busters:
Dairy alternatives are just as good as cows’ milk
Soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, etc. – these “alternatives” are not “equivalents”! You just don’t get the same bang for your buck as you do with “milk” milk.
It’s hard work trying to make milk alternatives as nutritionally outstanding as milk – and despite their best efforts, most of them still fall flat when compared to the natural, simple and 100% original product that 90% of Australians enjoy every day.
The natural combo of eight essential nutrients - including vitamins, minerals and high-quality protein – are unmatched in those “other” drinks. Not to mention, milk achieves all of this with a single, natural ingredient: milk!
I’m lactose intolerant – so I’ve got to say goodbye to milk
Here’s the deal: even people with medically diagnosed lactose intolerance don’t need to miss out on the nutrition and great taste of milk.
Spread it out! If you’re not keen on a whole glass of milk, try splitting it into two half glasses over the day. Find the level that works for you. It’s even better if you drink milk with other foods, to slow down the absorption and digestion of the lactose.
Branch out! Products made from milk have the same package of nutrients but often less lactose. Yoghurt is generally lower in lactose as bacteria breaks it down over time, and most hard cheeses are naturally very low in lactose.
Try it out! Some Aussie manufacturers make lactose-free versions of plain and flavoured milk. These options have the same package of nutrients and protein – just no lactose.
Drinking milk will make me put on weight
No, it won’t!
Not only does the latest research keep saying that milk and dairy foods - like cheese and yoghurt - are not linked to weight gain or risk of obesity, they might actually be a secret weapon if you’re trying to lose weight.
People who include milk and dairy as part of their healthy diet and workout routines can expect to lose more weight, more body fat and more centimetres from their waist, while holding on to more lean muscle than those who skip the dairy.
Milk is high in fat
Nope - no matter how you look at it.
Even regular-fat (or full cream) milk has less than 4% fat. In other words, it’s 96% fat free!
Reduced-fat and skim milk have even less fat. So just go for the one that tickles your tastebuds.