The number of dairy products consumed in the US has skyrocketed over the last decade, with more than a third of adults now choosing dairy products as their main diet source.
But new research shows that many of these products may actually be harmful for your overall health.
A new study from the University of British Columbia and the University in Munich has found that some of the most popular dairy products contain ingredients that have been linked to adverse health effects.
The findings are being presented Thursday at the European Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (EAAN) in Barcelona.
The study looked at the use of various ingredients in dairy products from more than 1,500 dairy products in a large US market.
The researchers used data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (NDSR) to identify the most commonly found and used ingredients in some of these dairy products.
“This is a very large dataset that has a very good representation of what is consumed,” said Dr. Andrea Marcelino, a PhD student in the department of nutrition at UBC’s School of Medicine and Dentistry and the study’s lead author.
“So it’s very informative to look at what’s in dairy, what’s used in dairy.”
The study found that about half of the products studied contained a number of toxic chemicals linked to liver, kidneys and respiratory tract disorders, with some of those compounds even being linked to serious problems in children.
“There is an enormous amount of confusion about what to eat, what to do with it,” said Marcelinso.
“And that’s where this data comes in.”
While the researchers found that a significant number of these toxic substances are used in the manufacture of some dairy products today, it’s unclear whether they were always the main ingredient or if there are more toxic ingredients in other dairy products that have yet to be identified.
“We’re just starting to understand the role that some toxic chemicals play in the production of dairy,” Marceliso said.
“It’s very important to understand where those toxic chemicals are coming from, and how they can affect the health of consumers.”
The researchers said the findings suggest that dairy products should be avoided at all costs.
“The dairy industry, like other industries, is a multi-billion dollar industry,” said University of Bordeaux associate professor Dr. Caroline Wimmer.
“We know that dairy is associated with cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and the like.
It’s just a lot of people’s lives that are being harmed.”
If we want to continue to have an economy that works for everyone, we need to start with a healthy and nutritious diet.
That’s not a one-size-fits-all.
“In the study, published in the journal Nutrients, the researchers examined more than 800 dairy products and compared their use to the health effects of the ingredients in those products.
The average weight of the samples was found to be just over 2.6 kilograms, and the average amount of fat in the products was 3.1 grams per 100 grams.
In some cases, the fat content was much higher.
For example, a typical milk cow contains about 25 kilograms of fat, while a conventional cow contains 40 kilograms of protein, the study found.
Researchers also looked at how the chemicals in some products were linked to health problems.”
Some of the chemicals that are found in dairy may be toxic to humans, and some of them are not,” said Wimmer, a professor of nutrition and public health at UB’s School.”
When you look at these chemicals, the way they interact with our bodies, there’s really no way to really tell if it’s good or bad.
“The findings indicate that many ingredients in milk products are used as a source of chemicals that could be harmful to health.
For example, the chemicals found in the most common milk ingredient, lactose, have been found to have been associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer in animal studies.”
Lactose, if it is in milk, could be an important source of these harmful chemicals in dairy,” said Hilda Egan, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Dairy Science at UBA and the lead author of the study.”
But when you combine that with the fact that lactose is found in other foods, there are also a lot more health effects from lactose.
“The chemicals in milk also have been shown to be linked to other health problems in animals.
In some cases these chemicals have been related to increased levels of thyroid hormones in animals, and in some cases increased levels have been observed in the brain of mice.
For many dairy consumers”
When you think about all the things we consume every day, it really is hard to eat as a healthy diet.”
For many dairy consumers