Does Milk Really Do A Body Good?

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You are probably going to pour Santa a cool, creamy glass of milk for his Christmas cookies; We’ve all been told that milk does a body good. But does it really? Despite the milky, murky myths you’ve heard: Yes, yes it really does!

Claim #1: “Milk is a fat-burning food.”

The Truth: Maybe. Overweight people who have three servings a day of calcium-rich dairy lost more belly fat than those who followed a similar diet minus two or more of the dairy servings.

Claim #2: “Drinking milk builds muscle.”

The Truth: Absolutely. In fact, milk is one of the best muscle foods on the planet. Milk is full of high-quality protein: about 80 percent casein and 20 percent whey.

Claim #3: “Cows are given antibiotics. Doesn’t that make their milk unhealthy?”

The Truth: No one really knows. But if you don’t want to risk it, you can purchase antibiotic-free (and typically hormone-free, as well) milk from producers like Horizon and Organic Valley at most major supermarkets.

Claim #4: “Fat-free milk is much healthier than whole.”

The Truth: Nope. Drinking whole milk actually improves cholesterol levels—just not as much as drinking fat-free does. One The bottom line: Drinking two to three glasses of milk a day, whether it’s fat-free, 2%, or whole, lowers the likelihood of both heart attack and stroke—a finding confirmed by British scientists.

[Source: Yahoo! Health]

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