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What Type Of Milk Do Vegetarians Drink
I'm concerned about being vegan and vegetarian. Can a person get sick from drinking milk but not sick from eating yogurt or cheeze?
Let's talk: A vegan eats nothing of animal origin and probably does not wear leather. As often used, "vegetarians" often will drink milk ; perhaps eat eggs. Both options are primarily for moral reasons, and the health benefits are elusive when we control for the fact that these people tend to have other healthy habits. The idea that milk / meat are intrinsically unhealthy if prepared well is hard to support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My vit b 12 is 825, down from 970, 6 months ago. I'm a vegetarian, but drink alot of milk and eat beans, although i stopped eating soy. Normal result?
I am a vegetarian and i don't drink milk or have dairy products, so should I take a B12 supplement?
Absolutely: Vegetarianism is a moral choice, not one that actually promotes health. It is also extremely dangerous if you do not supplement. Get with a vegetarian-friendly physician or dietician who can guide you through the science and the disinformation. Vegetarians tend to become deficient in iron, calcium, vitamin D, and a few others. It's your health that's on the line. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am a 61 year old woman who is a vegetarian. I eat nuts, eggs, fish, and cheese for protein. I am losing hair. The cause? I am not real fond of fresh greens, but i eat a lot of citrus fruit, and sometimes fresh green vegetables. I drink soy milk. Cou
There : There is a possibility that your hair loss could be from your diet (iron deficiency) or it could be from another cause such as a thyroid disorder, hereditary hair loss, over styling, a scalp condition, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or even lupus. Before just assuming it is your diet, you should give your doctor a call. They will be able to examine you and possibly run some simple blood test to rule out non-diet related reasons for hair loss. Many of these are treatable, so having the correct diagnosis is key! good luck! ...Read more
Fat Free milk: People over age 3 years can drink fat free milk to decrease the daily intake of animal fat. The usual american diet has plenty of animal fat without getting more animal fat from cow milk, so fat free milk helps prevent us from getting too much animal fat. A person who eats very little fat, especially if very little animal fat, is fine to drink whole milk because his daily animal fat intake is low. ...Read more
My daughter turns one today. How should we transition her from formula? What type of milk should she drink? Whole milk?
Whatever suits you: The average kid will easily switch from one to another when offered. Some are put off by the change in flavor & some parents to a half & half for a while until they can go to full strength. Whole milk is preferred until 2, when brain growth slows & a reduction to a low fat or skim will not deprive the brain of needed building blocks ( the brain uses cholesterol as insulation for nerve wiring). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I love milk, but it doesn't love me. Shortly about 10 minutes or so, I have to go to the bathroom. Could i drink another type of milk? I drink 2% .
How healthy/unhealthy is drinking milk each day? What's the recommended quantity and what type of milk is better?
MIlk and Adults: There is growing evidence that milk may not be very healthy for adults. There is a lot of sugar in milk and as we age we naturally begin to be intolerant of milk sugar known as lactose. I do not advise milk in my adult patients for this reason. I do not discourage it if they have no GI upset or other symptoms but in general milk is not needed for health after a certain age. ...Read more
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