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Old 09-15-2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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Exclamation Are dairy products harmful for my health?

Hi everybody !
I would like to have your opinion about a topic which is controversial: dairy products !



Here is my concern : for nearly 2 years now, every time I eat (both for lunch and dinner), I have to endure a runny nose (yeah, I'm serious, it's not a joke !). Sometimes, I even cough throughout my meal and, although rarely, violent burst of heat (or kind of) and pains in the sinuses.... That's really not funny. And pretty embarrassing to be forced to have a handkerchief within reach everywhere I go eat (what a panic when I forget it !).

So, recently, I went to an allergist and...she found nothing. Ok, great, I have no allergy. I can eat all what I want, I can run in the flower fields, I can have as many pets as I want. But that doesn't explain my weird problem !
Nevertheless, the specialist suggested I completely stop dairy products. Because, according to her, they might be harmful to health and, thus, this could explain my strange symptoms... She wants me to stop eating dairy products !!!!

But I have to confess that I'm quite perplexed. I've always heard that milk gives strength. Calcium (and some other of their nutrients) are expected to strengthen my bones, to make up my muscles, bring energy,... Moreover, as I am a vegetarian, I think I must consume dairy products to replace meat and not suffer from a lack of protein. Besides, I can't do without my yogurts and cheese, it's so hard for me !!!

What do you think about DAIRY PRODUCTS ? Should I stop eating them ? HELP ME make a decision please!

Thanks :)

P.S : as a french speaker, I would like to apologize for my bad English.

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Old 09-15-2015, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to Discuss Cooking Your English is fine - don't worry about that.

Do you have a primary care physician? If so, I would talk to that person next about your problem. It sounds like dairy has not always been an issue for you; when something new comes up with my health, I always consult my family doctor first.

Just curious - what causes you to think that dairy is the problem? Could you be having a reaction to something else in your diet?

If it turns out that you do have a reaction to dairy, you can still get enough protein from nuts, seeds and beans and other legumes. Combining beans and rice provides complete protein. You may want to do some research or consult a dietitian to learn more about ways to get enough protein from plants. Good luck
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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This is a decision that only you can make.

I found over the years that eating milk, sweets and grains in combination caused me to have a runny nose and sneeze. Sometimes it was worth it to me and other times it wasn't. I have pretty much eliminated all three things from my diet because of the high amount of carbohydrates that they contain. I do still use cheese made from cow's milk and I do not experience any problems with that.

As far as milk making you strong, elephants are strong and I don't believe that they drink much milk or eat much yogurt. Humans seem to be the only animals that rely on milk or milk products as adults, not sure why.

You could try using soy based yogurt and cheese in your diet to see if it makes a difference in how you feel.

I think you should read and experiment until you find a diet that is right for you.

Good luck!
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Old 09-15-2015, 09:51 AM   #4
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Ah, someone with the same situation that I have. I have been to an allergist, my primary doctor, four opthomologists (eye doctors), and NONE of them can really tell me what causes my eyes to water and why I sometimes break out in coughing when I eat certain foods. From all the tests I have had, I too, am allergic to nothing!

The best they can say is some foods/beverages are 'trigger' foods. They cause a reaction to us, but are not dangerous, just annoying. You have to pretty much keep a log of what you eat and how you react to it to find out causes the outbreaks.

I found with me it's cilantro, any kind of wine (and it's the niacin not sulfites that make me burst bright red and itch, white or red, doesn't matter), and MSG.

If you were allergic to dairy, you would have a different reaction and it would have shown up in your test. Could they be a 'trigger'? Sure. I'd try drinking a glass of milk and see what happens. That's what the doctor's told me to do.

Also, some combinations of foods, eaten together will trigger a runny nose/cough. I would keep a little notebook with me and when I was out eating and something triggered my reaction, I'd write it down. That's how I figured out the cilantro reaction.

Then, I tried it at home by eating a piece and sure enough, runny nose/cough. Too bad because I love it! The doctor said I could still have it, but just realize it will start the nose/cough thing. I would down LOTS of water and it was usually gone in an hour or so. However, not worth it. I stay away from it.

Hope this helps you out. I've lived with it for over 15 years, just started out of no where.
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Old 09-15-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Eggs, nuts, and milk are the most common food allergens, so it's entirely possible you are having a reaction.

I don't think I could easily give up cheese, either. It's one of my favorite foods. I think I would almost rather deal with the runny nose.
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Old 09-15-2015, 12:43 PM   #6
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They are not harmful to your health unless you are allergic to them. See a physician to find out. Otherwise, don't be afraid of food. None of us are getting out of this thing called life, alive. Enjoy cooking and eating great food with people you care about. Make memories. Make a life. Enjoy the efforts of others who enjoy cooking and feeding food to an appreciative clientele.
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Old 09-16-2015, 03:04 AM   #7
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Hi ! Thanks for your answer :)

I just come back from my physiotherapist and, according to him, the issue isn't the fact that dairy prod. are bad for me, but just that it's hard for my stomach to digest them properly. He is actually working on it (I decided to take some appointments for my sore neck pains but he says that all my problems are related to my gallbladder....).

Maybe he'll manage to end that problem !
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Dairy is good for you, but it can be allergy starter and as a person gets older it is harder to digest it. Try to cut it for few days, see what happens. Then restart again, see what happens. Compare notes.
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Old 09-16-2015, 09:20 AM   #9
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Hi ! Thanks for your answer :)

I just come back from my physiotherapist and, according to him, the issue isn't the fact that dairy prod. are bad for me, but just that it's hard for my stomach to digest them properly. He is actually working on it (I decided to take some appointments for my sore neck pains but he says that all my problems are related to my gallbladder....).

Maybe he'll manage to end that problem !
If you are lactose intolerant this can be (but not always) an easy problem to fix by taking Lactaid or something similar before eating dairy.

If you suspect that you have a more serious problem you should make an appointment with a medical doctor -- somebody board certified in internal medicine or gastroenterology, rather than seeking medical advice on a public cooking forum.
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...If you suspect that you have a more serious problem you should make an appointment with a medical doctor -- somebody board certified in internal medicine or gastroenterology, rather than seeking medical advice on a public cooking forum.
This!
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