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National Nutrition Week 2020: Beware! Drinking too much milk can cause these side-effects

Some studies have suggested that drinking too much milk could even lead to increased risk of developing certain forms of cancer.

National Nutrition Week aims to spread knowledge about nutrition and its importance for the human body. Do you know that drinking milk can also cause side effects? Read on to know some of the lesser-known facts about this nutritious food.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori |Updated : September 2, 2020 10:37 AM IST

What you eat determines how you feel, look, think, and act. Poor nutrition and dietary habits can affect your health, your performance and increase your risk for certain diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. To spread knowledge about nutrition and its importance for the human body, India observes National Nutrition Week every year in the first week of September (from September 1 to September 7). The event was first launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development's Food and Nutrition Board in 1982.

A well-balanced diet can provide all the essential nutrients the body needs to stay healthy and work properly. So, it is important to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure that you get all the essential nutrients your body needs. Milk is one of the most nutritious foods that any dietician or nutritionist would recommend adding to your daily diet. Milk is not only rich in high-quality protein but it's also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin B12, and riboflavin. But too much consumption of milk can harm your body.

Side-effects of having too much milk

Some studies have suggested that drinking too much milk could even lead to an increased risk of developing certain forms of cancer. Hence, it's important to be alert and not overdo. Here are five side effects of drinking milk more than the body needs.

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Gastrointestinal issues

Milk helps you feel full and comfortable, but when you have too much of it, it can disturb digestion and can lead to gastrointestinal issues. Too much of milk can make you feel bloated, nauseous or uneasy.

Leaky-gut syndrome

If your body isn't well-suited to milk, it could result in a 'leaky-gut' syndrome, which can lead to chronic fatigue and lethargy. Sometimes A1 casein protein found in dairy milk can lead to inflammation along with the gut linings and disturb microbe balance. That is the reason why A2 milk variants are recommended for people who suffer from milk allergies.

Breakouts on your face

If red acne spots or rashes occur too often on your face, check how much milk you are consuming daily. Certain chemicals present in milk can lead to inflammation. Some experts also say that having full-fat and whole milk could increase the occurrence of skin issues and breakouts. Breakouts due to excessive milk intake may be more common in women than in men.

Brittle bones and reduced density

Calcium in milk is good for building stronger bones, but having more than the required quantities can actually result in brittle bones and reduced density. One study published BMJ found that older men who drank very little milk were less likely to suffer from broken bones or inflammation than women who had it adequately.

How much milk should you drink per day?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, people over the age of nine can drink three cups of milk per day.

However, people who are lactose intolerant should stay away from the healthy drink altogether. An enzyme in the body called lactase breaks down lactose found in milk and is essential to its complete digestion. The deficiency of this enzyme can cause lactose intolerance.

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