Drink Milk to Gain Weight?
- The question of whether or not you really need to drink milk in order to gain weight gets asked all the time, and the answer might surprise you!
- There are some important things to understand when it comes to how your body uses the nutrients in milk, especially with respect to how much weight you can expect to gain if you’re drinking it on a regular basis.
- Let’s take a look at the facts about drink milk to gain weight here so that you can make an informed decision about how much of this type of food you should be eating and what kind of effect it will have on your body!
1.Cows are mammals
Cows are mammals that are kept as livestock for their meat and dairy products, such as milk and cheese. Though they’re herbivores, cows have four stomachs that help them digest their food.
Cows are interesting creatures and are known to form close bonds with other cows and even humans. A cow’s brain is comparable in size to a human’s but it lacks a neocortex (a thin outer layer of brain tissue) which makes the cow not intelligent enough to be trained like a dog or cat.
There is one thing you can teach your cow, though: to obey orders from you so that it won’t walk away from its herd.
A typical day on a farm starts at 4am when the farmer wakes up and feeds the cows breakfast before bringing them out into the pasture to graze.
The farmer then returns to the barn before noon where he prepares lunch for his herd. At night, around 6pm, he herds his cattle back into their barn for milking time. Afterward, he feeds them again before returning home himself at 8pm just in time for dinner.
The word dairy comes from the word dairies where cows were kept.
Dairy is a food group that contains milk and milk products. The main nutrients in milk are calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D.
However, the fat content of milk can vary depending on what type of milk you drink. For example, 2% milk has 2 grams of fat per 8 ounce serving while skim milk has only 1 gram per 8 ounce serving.
I typically recommend people who are trying to gain weight should have at least three servings of dairy each day. One way to do this is by drinking one glass of whole milk with breakfast, one with lunch, and one with dinner.
Dairy is an excellent source of protein and it provides other vitamins and minerals as well. People may be concerned about the saturated fat in dairy foods but saturated fats from dairy foods (mainly from butter) have not been shown to raise LDL cholesterol levels like saturated fats from animal sources (mostly meats).
Milk is meant for baby cows
When you think about it, milk is really meant for baby cows. They need the nutrients and calories in order to grow into big, strong cows.
For humans, however, milk is not necessary. We can get all of the nutrients and calories we need from other sources. In fact, milk may even be harmful to our health.
It contains hormones that stimulate too much growth and too much production of insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1). These hormones have been linked to increased risk of certain cancers.
So if you want to gain weight, focus on eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and low-fat dairy products such as yogurt or cheese.
How much milk does a cow produce in her lifetime?
A cow can produce up to 200,000 pounds of milk in her lifetime. That’s a lot of milk! But how much of that milk do we actually need to drink to gain weight?
- Let’s start with the basics: there are three major types of dietary fats:- unsaturated fat (which is good for you)
saturated fat (which is bad for you)
- trans fat (which is really bad for you)
- Most people will get enough unsaturated fat from eating nuts, seeds, fish, avocado and other foods high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
- The average person needs less than 10% of their daily caloric intake from saturated fats. And because humans don’t produce trans fats on their own, it’s best to avoid them altogether.
- These facts make the whole you have to drink milk or else you’ll never grow theory seem like a farce… right?
Dairy is NOT the only source of calcium
Dairy is a great source of calcium, but it’s not the only source. There are plenty of other foods and beverages that contain calcium, including leafy greens, legumes, tofu, and fortified juices and plant-based milks.
So if you’re trying to gain weight, you don’t necessarily need to drink milk. Just make sure you’re getting enough calcium from other sources.
In particular, vegans who are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy should be careful about getting enough calcium in their diet.
And for all those people who think they’ll lose weight by cutting out dairy because they can’t digest lactose – it doesn’t work like that! Lactose intolerance doesn’t mean your body can no longer break down any form of sugar; it just means you have difficulty digesting milk sugars (lactose).
For example, yogurt contains some lactose but doesn’t usually cause symptoms because the bacteria used in making yogurt breaks down most of the lactose.
What about almond, soy, hemp and other milks?
When it comes to gaining weight, cow’s milk is often seen as the best option. But what about all the other types of milk out there?
While cow’s milk does have some nutrients that can help with weight gain, there are plenty of other options that can be just as effective.
Almond milk, for example, is high in calories and fat, making it a great choice for those looking to bulk up. Soy milk is also a good option, as it contains a lot of protein.
Hemp milk and other plant-based milks are also high in calories, so they can be helpful for those trying to gain weight. Ultimately, the best milk for you is the one that you enjoy drinking and that fits into your overall diet.
Nutritional value of cow’s milk vs. nut/seed milks
Cow’s milk is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 20 of the amino acids needed by the body. It also contains carbohydrates, fat, and various vitamins and minerals.
In contrast, most nut and seed milks are low in protein and high in carbohydrates. For example, almond milk contains only 1 gram of protein per cup, while cow’s milk contains 8 grams.
Almond milk does contain healthy fats that are good for the heart but there’s not enough of them to make up for lack of protein. Some people do not tolerate nuts or seeds well and so it may be better for them to drink soy or coconut milk instead, which both have more protein than almond milk.
Is dairy good or bad for your bones?
For years, we’ve been told that milk is essential for strong bones. But is this actually true? Some studies suggest that dairy may actually be bad for your bones, while others claim that it’s beneficial.
So what’s the verdict? The research on milk and bone health has yielded mixed results. As of now, there isn’t enough evidence to show that one type of food or another is definitively better for our bones—or worse.
One thing most experts agree on: If you’re going to drink or eat dairy products at all, make sure they’re in moderation and consumed with plenty of calcium-rich foods like broccoli or leafy greens.
Conclusion – Almond and Soy Drinks Are Good Alternatives if you Don’t Eat Meat.
Some people may not want to drink milk because they think it will make them fat. However, milk is a good source of protein and can help you build muscle.
If you are trying to gain weight, you should drink whole milk and eat other high-calorie foods like nuts and nut butters.
Almond and soy drinks are also good alternatives if you don’t eat meat. If you’re vegan or lactose intolerant, these substitutes offer the same nutrients that dairy does.
For vegans who do not get enough calcium from their diet, almond milk provides calcium through almonds and most brands add vitamin D as well.