Milk: it seems like such a natural thing to drink it. It’s the first nourishment we get from our mothers. It’s what we put in fiber-rich cereals. It helps our bones stay strong. However, not all milk is created equal, and some doctors and nutritionists won’t even touch the stuff.
For instance, unpasteurized milk is extremely harmful because of the bacterial content it contains. Dr. Joseph Maroon, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center neurosurgeon and vice chairman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine's department of neurological surgery, even suggests using only organic milk, as "the antibiotics and hormones used in milk are concerns."
While unpasteurized milk is dangerous because of its bacterial content, skim milk has its dangers, too. “The process of removing some of the fat particles creates oxidized cholesterol in the remaining fat," explains Dr. Nicole Farmer, board-certified internal medicine physician at Casey Health Institute. "Better to use whole fat dairy in moderation.”
“I’ve been in health care for 26 years, and I have never consumed a glass of non-fat milk, nor have I ever recommended it,” says Deborah Enos, a certified nutritionist and board member of the American Heart Association. “Why? Since it’s fat-free, it will never fill you up! Fat-free foods, dairy or otherwise, will just leave you feeling empty.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should load up on heavy creams and tons of full-fat dairy. It just means that, if you’re going to drink milk, you should reap all the healthy fat benefits you can.
“While I believe the jury is still out when it comes to consuming large amounts of full-fat milk, I have no issue with adding in a serving a day,” Enos told us.
To find out what other foods doctors won’t eat, check out our report here!
Additional reporting done by Jess Novak