There are certain myths about dairy products like milk that might be overused and misunderstood. For instance, skim milk is something that many people swear by but full-fat dairy is known to have certain essential milk fats that are good for the heart as well. The links that many studies produce between full fat-free products and obesity can be taken too generally and often the health benefits of full cream milk is overlooked. Again, there are more healthy versions of milk products to have like cheese, Yogurt which also has the key milk nutrients along with vitamins like A and D and essential fatty acids which are often missing in skim milk.


Another misleading notion is that milk needs to be avoided when one has a congested nose. There is no linkage between drinking milk and seeing an uptake in one’s cold symptoms. Indeed, a touch of roots like ginger or turmeric boiled in milk is a common Indian remedy for curing a cold.

Though milk is known to be a source of calcium which in turn means stronger teeth and bones, however, it is not necessary that one needs to drink more of milk or milk-based products to increase calcium in their diet. Even if one takes in calcium supplements, it does not reduce their chances of fracturing their bones. Indeed, calcium does contribute to bone health, but there are other aspects as well, such as strengthening the muscles and tissues around the bones with protein intake that can help to secure bone health.

Lactose intolerance is something that many people suffer from and is one reason that many stay away from milk. However, lactose intolerance does not arise in small servings of milk or dairy products in balanced diet meals. This is necessary to know as absolute abstinence from milk is something that many people make the mistake of. A small cup of milk consumed in the morning or used in one cup of coffee would do no harm as well as not showcase symptoms of lactose intolerance.

The other myths that are common about milk are that it is the best source of calcium. That is not true as there are many other vegetables and animal protein sources that can help supplement calcium in your diet. The other myth is to assume that all dairy products have the same content of minerals and vitamins. It is known that Yogurt and milk have similar nutrient content, but cream and cheese often have more fat than milk and Yogurt as well as not enough of vitamin D as found in milk or Yogurt.