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Milk is the first food product that a person encounters in his life. Many believe that it is intended for children, and that milk does not go for an adult. Is this really so, says Yakov Marshak.

Indeed, in adults, although not all of them, there is a hereditary inability to digest milk sugar - lactose. Some people also have a congenital intolerance to milk protein - casein., which in their intestines, splitting, produces casomorphin - a peptide that penetrates the intestinal wall and causes allergies, as well as disrupts mood regulation. To find out if you have an intolerance, a gastroenterologist will help you, who will do the necessary tests.

Recent studies have revealed another potentially dangerous property of milk, but not all, but the one that is popularly called "long-playing". As a result of special processing - homogenization - it becomes a liquid consisting of liposomes - the smallest water volumes of dissolved proteins and lactose, enclosed in a fatty membrane. Natural milk turns sour over time, as proteins and sugars undergo fermentation. In long-playing milk, they are isolated from bacteria by fatty membranes, and when stored for a long time in air, the fat will go rancid.

Why is homogenized milk dangerous for humans? Any milk contains the enzyme xanthine oxidase, which is digested in the stomach if milk is regular. In homogenized milk, this enzyme is hidden behind a fatty membrane. Liposomes carry it into the small intestine, where it is absorbed and through the lymph flow into the circulatory system.

Excessive xanthine oxidase is harmful - as scientists have found, it causes hypertension, atherosclerosis and arthritis. A sharp increase in the frequency of these diseases was noted by epidemiologists in the 20s and it took a long time to find out the reasons for this phenomenon. And only recently, Danish scientists have proven that it is xanthine oxidase from homogenized milk that is to blame for this, the production technology of which was discovered in 1918 and quickly spread throughout the world.

It is especially dangerous to drink homogenized milk during times of stress. Stress activates phospholipase A2. The combination of the activity of these two enzymes - phospholipase and xanthine oxidase - destroys cell membranes. Resisting this, the body saturates the membranes with cholesterol. As a result, blood vessels lose their elasticity, which leads to hypertension. But homogenized milk is useful for those who work with toxic substances. Xanthine oxidase is capable of oxidizing poisons, making them less harmful, water-soluble and easily removed from the body through the kidneys. It was not for nothing that the factories used to give out milk “for harmfulness”.

There is an opinion that milk should not be drunk by people with high cholesterol levels, but this is not entirely true. The fact is that cholesterol is not directly related to the consumption of milk - here we are talking more about fat metabolism: milk is more harmful for those who have increased levels of triglycerides and lipoproteins than for those who have high cholesterol levels.  

In this way, adults who have normal fat metabolism and no intolerance can drink whole (non-homogenized!) milk 3,2–3,5% - it will not harm the body!


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