The Pros And Cons Of Dairy?

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"A cow produces an average of 6.3 gallons of milk daily and 350,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime" (Dairy). Dairy foods are produced from the milk of mammals, primarily, cattle, goats, and sheep. Consuming dairy products has benefits as well as risks. There are alternatives to dairy for one to have a healthy lifestyle. Dairy is an important food to receive the proper nutrients, but Americans need to know how to consume it properly. Consuming foods in the dairy food group provides multiple benefits. Dairy is a main source of nutrients that are important for the body. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), "Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in American diets" (Nutrients). Calcium is in charge of several…show more content…
According to Mayo Clinic, Dairy is one of the eight most common foods that cause allergic reactions (Food). Dairy is common in most diets because it gives the body nutrients that are needed to stay healthy. However, people that are allergic to dairy are put at risk when consuming it. According to Live Strong, "When the immune system responds abnormally to dairy products, allergic reactions occur. Dairy allergies cause respiratory distress, digestive problems and skin disorders" (Curley). With severe dairy allergies, dairy can cause respiratory failure. Organs that help a person breathe can also go under stress, resulting in, wheezing, swelling of the airway, coughing, sneezing, asthma attacks and a runny noses. Digestive problems are also a common risk with dairy allergies. The symptoms are abdominal cramps, diarrhea, gas, bloating, flatulence and nausea. They can appear a couple minutes or a couple of hours after consumption of dairy. Risks of dairy that are related to allergies can also come in the form of hives, rashes, eczema and itchiness around the mouth. These symptoms are typically red, swollen bumps that tend to itch and can turn into sores and blisters on the…show more content…
According to Brian Krans, and medically reviewed by Peggy Pletcher, a registered dietitian, "Foods that are not fat-free are high in saturated fat and calories, which is bad news for people with heart problems, high cholesterol, or those who are trying to lose weight" (Krans). Eating foods that contain saturated fat raise the level of cholesterol in the blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood increase risk of heart disease and stroke. Also, milk contains a lot of calories. The body needs calories for energy, but eating too many calories, and not burning enough of them off through exercise can lead to weight gain. Weight gain leads to many health issues that can include diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. An average person should intake 2250 calories per day to live a healthy lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, "No more than seven percent of your total daily calories should come from saturated fats" (Know). Seven percent of the suggested daily calorie count is only 157 calories. The USDA's daily recommendation for dairy is three cups. Three cups contains 40.5 from saturated fats. That leaves only 116.5 calories from saturated fats for the entire rest of the day. Consuming dairy reduces the amount of other foods that can be consumed to stay under a healthy intake of saturated fats. Consumption of dairy creates multiple risks for the

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