A new study says that low-fat milk can lead to prostate cancer. Now, I'm totally confused and don't know what to drink. I also read years back that drinking whole milk is bad for you because it has too much fat in it and clogs your arteries. I know that fat isn't good for the body, but how do I know what milk to drink now. Or is it better for people to not drink/eat dairy anymore? What do you think about this article?
I am very skeptical about this study. For sure whole milk is not good for the arteries; but I'm having a hard time believing that low fat milk causes prostate cancer. I think more double-blind studies with more representative samples need to be conducted before this claim can be legitimized.
I believe this article is true, if the milk is not strained it can lead to all kinds of ailments. Not only the injections that are given to cows to fatten them up needs to stop but also the grass they eat needs to be refertilized.
I asked an oncologist who told me that this study is not conclusive. While there is a connection between low fat milk and early development of prostate cancer no connection was found with advanced stages of prostate cancer. But there is good news, low fat milk seems to prevent breast cancer.
I have a feeling that it's not the low fat content that causes the cancer but rather other factors having to do with the way the cows are grown and the food they get. As far as I know there isn't any reason to suspect that in the process of skimming the milk a carcinogenic factor in added.
More tests and studies need to be preformed before final conclusions can be reached.
I believe that it is the Vitamin A palmitate in the low-fat milk that increases the incidence of prostate cancer. Whole milk (which is only 3.5% fat content) contains retinyl esters which are more easily absorbed by the body than the Vitamin A Palmitate. In fact Vitamin A Palmitate in milk reacts with the zinc in milk to form an unabsorbable complex. Vitamin A palmitate does this in any protein containing foods. I recommend that people avoid all protein-containing dairy products which contain vitamin a palmitate. I have a Master's degree in nutrition.
I believe it might be true as palmatate is used to give low-fat milk the appearance of whole milk. A couple of years ago, I read that palmatate has a very low shelf life, and so every drop of low-fat products containing palmatate also contains a preservative. My allergist suggested that I not consume anything with dyes and preservatives. Amazingly, my sinus problems have disappeared. Also, another problem with milk is that hormones are given to cows, so that the dairy people can milk cows for 360 days a year and even when the cows are pregnant. So, maybe the culprit is added hormones.
I'm not sure if that news article you quoted was referring to Dr. Yikyung Park's study (link is dead) - but if it was I believe that his final statement was that their findings did not provide a strong enough support for the hypothesis that low-fat milk can lead to prostate cancer due to the limited number of test subjects used in their study.
People, lowfat and nonfat milk are shams. Drink whole milk from healthy cows, you'll be the best you can be, other factors make up your whole though. Fat is good for us, and we have to be mindful of what our body indicates as to whether any food we eat is good for us or not. The body will give indications before things get 'dire'. Btw, ultra-pasteurized milk is not as good for us, my body has shown indicators that the fat in that or something is not as well received by the body. My body gives me indications of a fat source's status of whether it's 'good' or 'not good'.
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