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Coffee Healthier Than Milk

Updated on October 11, 2012

Which is healthier? Coffee or Milk? The premise of this article is that coffee is actually healthier than milk.

Many studies are showing that coffee can be healthy. And many health authorities is starting to say that it may be a good idea for most adults people to limit milk and dairy consumption. This may be contrary to some people's notion due to influences of the advertising media. However, this is what some of the nutritional sciences is telling us. We will look at some of the reason's why in this article.

Why Coffee?

Coffee is full of beneficial antioxidants and flavonoids such as catechins. The article Why Coffee Can Be Healthy explains how coffee may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, decreased risk of cardiovascular diseases, and is protective against certain cancers. Caffeinated coffee may even reduce risks of dementia.

Caffeine however can have it drawbacks. Caffeine can cause anxiety, sleeplessness. It is a stimulant and increases adrenaline and stress hormones which may raise blood sugar. So it may not be so good for diabetics. Pregnant women should also avoid caffeine due to risk of birth defects and low birth weights. Because caffeine can affect blood sugar, it is not suited for diabetics.

Nevertheless, coffee is still considered among the healthy beverages to drink -- that is if you do not put sugar nor milk in it.

Why Not Milk?

While at the same time, many authorities have suggest that we should limit dairy. For example, see Mark Hyman in his YouTube video on the right titled "Dairy: six reasons you should avoid it at all costs".

We have been led to believe that we can only get calcium from milk. This is not true as we can get calcium from many other foods such kales, spinach, broccoli, beans, tofu, and seafood such as sardines, salmon, mussels, oyster and prawns.

Milk does not reduce bone fractures. There are many other things such as vitamin D and magnesium that are important to bone health. And resistance training is essential for strong bones and prevention of osteoporosis.

Cow's milk is indeed very healthy -- that is for calves. Milk is intended by nature to be consumed by babies since they do not have teeth to consume solid foods yet. Human is the only species in the animal kingdom where the adult drinks milk -- with the possible exception of the domesticated cat. And that's only because we are feeding it milk. Although this is an interesting observation, it in itself is not a reason to avoid milk (there are other reasons). Just because animals do not do something that we do does not imply that what we are doing is bad. For example, animals don't cook their food, but sometimes for us it is still good to cook our foods.

When human's become adolescent, we lose the enzymes to digest milk that we have as a baby. This is known as lactose intolerance. Studies are finding that lactose intolerance is actually a normal condition in the adult human.

Furthermore, there is a small population who have casein allergy in which there is an immune reaction to casein in milk. Casein is the protein found in milk.

Note that the case against milk is regards to adults. Breast fed human milk is still good for human babies. Early consumption of cow's milk is suspected increasing risk of type 1 diabetes.

Milk is also good for children who needs the calcium since it is quite difficult to get them to get their calcium from green vegetables.


This article is dated March 2012 and is opinion at the time of writing. Author is not a medical professional.


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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      @Michele, good that you gave up soda. The sugar is in it pretty unhealthy -- especially the high fructose corn syrup. I wrote about the unhealthy effects of sugar here...

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      BlissfulWriter 6 years ago

      @dinkan53, that's correct. I normally drink my coffee black -- no milk and no definitely no sugar. Because adding these makes the coffee "less healthy". If coffee is too strong, just add some hot water.

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      Michele Travis 6 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you, I love this hub because I love coffee. Only in the morning so it doesn't make sleeping a problem. Coffee is one of my favorites. I also like coke, but I gave that up because it has too much sugar. Great hub. voted up!

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      dinkan53 6 years ago from India

      I heard that black coffee is healthier than coffee with milk. I don't drink coffee, but love to drink a cup of warm milk at night. Any way interesting. Thanks.