Is milk great? I think this shouldn’t be a question for BB’s and Athletes only, but for everybody. I mean, our youth is raised to drink milk, so we should seriously consider it’s health effects.
Personally, I was a great milk-drinker until like one year ago. My milk consumption was arounf 4 liters a day at it’s highest.
Now, I stopped drinking it, and I feel better. I’m sharper, faster (which is important for me since I’m a martial artist) and I’m lighter (whihc, too, is important).
From a mass-gainer perspective, milk surely is a good thing.
Over here in Austria, milk isn’t even considered a beverage in scientifical terms but rather foodstuff because of it’s calorie-density and nutrients.
The protein in milk has quite a good bio value and is easily ingested compared to meat, poultry or fish.
However, first of all, as pointed out already, the human body isn’t necessarily constructed to digest milk after a certain age. As a matter of fact, no mammal apart from man drinks milk after adolescence.
Apart from that, milk binds subcutaneous water and fat - not a very good thing if you’re training for better looks.
The most important thing in my opinion is the calcium thing. Now, as athletes we’re all bound to consume loads of proteins. Those proteins are acidic.
That’s one of the reasons why you should eat vegetables with every meal. Huh? You don’t own Precision Nutrition?
Go. Buy. It. Now.
Ok, that this is said, what does this mean for our milk consumption?
You may eat your veggies with every meal, however, do you take them with your milk as well? No? Well, tough luck, because, believe it or not, your body will compensate the acids.
Now that’s exactly where calcium comes into play, in the way that calcium basic (alkaline). Now if your body has to neutralize the acids that come from your milk protein by draining calcium from the bones (since milk calcium isn’t enough to neutralize), go figure…
Just my two cents…