Is Milk Bad for You?

With all of the conflicting info these days, it’s difficult to determine which facts about nutrition are true, and which are misconstrued. For example, we know sometimes people wonder if milk is bad for them.

We connected with the experts at National Dairy Council to learn more about milk’s role in the diet – and the studies that support that. They shared that there are a number of reasons that milk is good for you, and they helped us better understand some common concerns people may have.

Bone health

Healthy eating styles, which include low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, are linked to improved bone health, especially in children and adolescents. While bone health may not be an issue for some people until later in life, it can be determined by healthy eating habits and physical activity when they’re younger.

Cardiovascular disease

Emerging research indicates eating dairy foods, regardless of fat content, is not associated with increased risk of CVD and may even have beneficial associations, but further research is needed.

Type 2 diabetes

Moderate evidence has connected healthy eating patterns with a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans dietary patterns recommend including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods to get the nutrients your body needs.

Nutrients in milk

Milk provides a powerhouse of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, protein, phosphorus, vitamin A and vitamin D (just to name a few!). It’s also the No. 1 food source of those nine essential nutrients for children and six essential nutrients for adults in the U.S.


While some may cut milk from their diet in an attempt to end acne, research to date shows that there isn’t a cause and effect between any particular food and acne. In fact, a balanced eating plan that contains all food groups can help keep skin healthy, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. The most recent Dietary Guidelines encourages consuming a dietary pattern that includes a variety of food groups, including low-fat and fat-free dairy foods.


Others may consider dropping dairy over concerns about hormones. Did you know hormones are essential to life? People, plants and animals contain hormones. So, all cow’s milk, both conventional and organic, naturally contains miniscule amounts of hormones when compared to the amount in the body. While some farmers may provide their cows with a synthetic hormone, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has affirmed that milk from those cows is just as safe and wholesome as the milk we’ve enjoyed for generations.

Lactose intolerance

We also realize that some folks may live with lactose intolerance. If that’s the case, there are still some dairy solutions that can provide lactose intolerance-friendly ways for you to try to help incorporate some of your favorite dairy foods into your day. Wondering if you may have a milk allergy? Here’s some more information that may help.


Wondering why else you should keep dairy in your diet? Check out our post here.