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Milk FAQs

Do I need protein shakes to get enough protein in my diet when working out?

Protein shakes are often popular with people who regularly work out, but milk makes a great and often cheaper alternative. The protein in milk naturally packaged together with heaps of other nutrients that the body is able to easily use. Milk isn't just a drink; it's a wholesome, well-rounded choice that can meet your nutritional needs without the added sugars or artificial ingredients often found in some protein shakes.

Do I need to cut down on milk because it contains sugar?

Plain milk doesn't contain any added sugars. The sugar it does contain (lactose) occurs naturally. The NHS agrees there is no need to avoid or limit the type of sugar found naturally in milk as it’s not harmful to health. Most flavoured milks do contain variable amounts of added sugar but still provide a rich package of beneficial nutrients which includes vitamins and minerals.

Is milk bad for my skin?

While some studies suggest a potential link between dairy consumption and acne for some individuals, the relationship is complex and varies from person to person. Many people can consume dairy without experiencing adverse effects on their skin. Factors such as genetics, overall diet, and lifestyle also influence skin conditions. Additionally, dairy products like yogurt may contain probiotics that could have positive effects on skin health by promoting a balanced gut microbiome. 

How does dairy milk compare to plant alternatives?

Oat drink is the latest player in the non-dairy alternative world, and is a popular choice when served up as an oat milk latte. While oat milk’s consistency may be similar to that of dairy milk, it’s important to know that it’s not a one-for-one swap. One of the biggest and most important differences is that dairy milk has three times the levels of protein as an oat drink. Protein is important to consider when choosing foods and beverages, as it helps build and maintain muscle.

Another difference is the vitamin and mineral content. Dairy milk naturally contains 7 vitamins and minerals , oat drinks do not naturally contain these nutrients in significant amounts and therefore have to be fortified with vitamins during manufacturing. Some varieties of oat drinks have up to ten ingredients, including added salt, sugar and rapeseed or sunflower oil, acidity regulators and stabilisers (such as Gellan Gum).  That’s why it’s always important to read and compare nutrition labels and ingredient lists to make a well-informed choice.

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