The best and worst times to consume dairy products

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Milk and milk products are considered nutrient dense foods. However, there is conflicting scientific information about whether dairy products are beneficial or harmful, and these statements can be confusing. This confusion can be curbed with the right research.

You might wonder if you should continue to eat dairy products given that more than 50% of people around the world report having difficulty digesting them. Even for people who don’t have trouble digesting dairy products, it’s important to understand when and when not to eat these foods. In this article, we discuss the best and worst times to consume dairy products.

Here are the best and worst times to consume dairy products:

1. Milk

Milk is one of the most consumed dairy products. Cow’s milk should be consumed in the evening, according to Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative health system originating in India. Milk is not recommended as a morning drink according to the Ayurvedic school of thought because it is heavy to digest and induces sleep. However, avoid consuming whole milk before bedtime.

2. Cheese

The nutrients calcium and vitamin B-12 are abundant in cheese. It is healthy to eat cheesy foods first thing in the morning. However, eating it at night can lead to indigestion and weight gain. Eating cheese later in the day or in large amounts can lead to bloating. It can also affect your bowel movements more and lead to diarrhea. Excess consumption of cheese can also lead to dehydration which further aggravates our health.

3. Butter

Consumption of fatty foods should be completely avoided at bedtime. Foods such as butter, whole milk, cheese, ice cream, oils, etc. are all high in fat. Although butter is considered one of the least healthy dairy products, it contains a variety of nutrients. However, it is ideal to consume it during the first half of the day.

4. Yogurt

The beneficial bacteria present in the curd are excellent for digestion. It is healthy for your bones and teeth. But like most foods, there are certain guidelines you need to follow when eating curd. One of the most frequently repeated rules is to refrain from eating it after dark. According to Ayurveda, consuming curd at night can increase the risk of catching a cold and coughing.

5. Paneer

Technically, paneer is a type of cheese. However, unlike most cheeses, paneer does not need to be aged for a certain period of time before it can be consumed. Fresh cheeses like paneer don’t lose as much lactose over time as aged cheeses. This makes fresh paneer harder to digest than normal cheese. Paneer can lead to bloating, gas, diarrhea, and stomach pain, even if you have a delicate or weak digestive system. It is ideal to consume paneer early in the day.

In conclusion, like most foods, there are certain times when the same dairy product can be beneficial while it can be unhealthy at other times of the day. Also, be sure to consume them in moderation even when consumed at the right time.

Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides generic information only. It does not in any way replace qualified medical advice. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim any responsibility for this information.

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