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1/28/13 6:44 P

I feel sick when I drink milk. There's much better sources of calcium and protein. I track my nutrients and find I don't have a problem getting enough calcium---even when I don't include dairy in my diet.

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1/28/13 3:14 P

I really like milk although I am lactose intolerant it seems. Lactaid takes care of that. Short of taking pills it is the best way for me to get calcium. Other means are too expensive or aren't as tasty to me.
Everyone has their own preference.

FOXMOON Posts: 822
1/28/13 1:50 P

I grew up drinking whole & 2% milks when I was a kid, but my tastes changed as a teenager and I haven't been able to stomach cow's milk since then. I just don't like the taste of it, the way it coats my mouth, and after not drinking it for quite some time, I developed a bit of an intolerance to it.

If I do have 'milk' in cereal or (even rarer) tea, I like Silk's vanilla soymilk. I also like Silk chocolate soymilk after working out occasionally. I can also well-tolerate rice, hemp & almond milks.

CLRWILLIAMS25 SparkPoints: (34,625)
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1/28/13 1:35 P

I don't drink milk. I just don't like it (I haven't drank it since I was probably 8 or 10). I eat enough calcium-rich foods to get away without drinking milk.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (267,548)
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1/28/13 1:29 P

I don't drink it. It causes mucous. I have very strong bones and good calcium levels through eating lots of green vegetables and life long strength training habits.

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1/28/13 12:17 P

Only in my coffee, don't care for the taste on it's own

ANDREALEE10 Posts: 454
1/28/13 6:57 A

Can;t drink it anymore- makes my stomach uncomfortable...switched to unsweetened vanilla almond milk- delicious!

CHARMIAN2 Posts: 997
1/28/13 5:57 A

Love skim milk

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1/28/13 3:51 A

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Here is a great website for further research.

I have whole milk in the refrig. for the family and my occasional oatmeal breakfast. I do not make a habit of drinking it regularly. I do enjoy a good greek yogurt & cottage cheese & occasional cheese in general. I'm NOT anti-diary.

From what I understand, it would be best to partake of RAW milk if in fact you feel that it is a benefit to you. (I personally have not tried it.)

I DO avoid most things "soy". The majority of the soy crop is GMO (no thanks!).

** There are some green veggies that are EXCELLENT sources of calcium!

Edited by: BERRY4 at: 1/28/2013 (03:53)
NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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1/27/13 8:52 P

I don't drink milk (though I do put it on my cereal--just barely enough to dampen it, really). I don't like the taste of any variety (though I have not tried all non-cow milk), and I particularly hate skim. I do eat yogurt and cheese, though.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,250
1/27/13 7:17 P

I drink milk.

I don't think it is drinking my calories. Sure it has a lot of calories, but it has a lot of other good stuff, too. I would consider a Starbuck Frapucino drinking my calories

WITCHYFANSON SparkPoints: (11,427)
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1/27/13 4:40 P

Yes, I love milk. I used to drink nearly half a gallon a day when I was younger. I still love it but don't drink it as often. But my husband and I recently discovered organic milk. I got 1% for me and he got 2% for him. They each tasted as if they were much higher in milkfat than they were. They were both delicious and the best milk we'd ever had. Highly recommend organic milk!

ALESHIA675 SparkPoints: (14,806)
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1/27/13 4:25 P

Normally I only consume milk when I eat cereal. I need to do a better job of making sure I drink it more often since I rarely get enough calcium.

1/27/13 4:12 P

I generally only have it with my cereal in the morning.

SONICB Posts: 4,371
1/27/13 4:10 P

I do consume milk but don't normally drink a glass of it straight up. I will add it to oatmeal or coffee for a calcium & potassium boost, and every now and then, I'll eat a bowl of cereal with milk (usually skim to 1%). But drinking milk by itself has never been a habit.

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1/27/13 3:50 P

Yes. I only drink skim, though. I really don't like the taste of anything else! It's a great source of protein and calcium.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/27/13 3:12 P

I love milk.

But I don't drink much of it anymore. I live with a vegan, so instead of keeping 2% or whole milk around for me and something else for her, we just keep a couple varieties of soy and/or almond milk around (the soy for the higher protein content, almond for some baking) and share.

But I still keep cottage cheese and yogurt around for me, and from time to time I'll buy milk and make yogurt.

IT-IS-WHATITIS Posts: 1,998
1/27/13 3:05 P

almond milk

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1/27/13 2:37 P

when I need to up my protein level but it's too late to eat I will drink milk.

CEEMAY SparkPoints: (9,882)
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1/27/13 2:31 P

I drink 2 big mugs of tea in the morning and each has 1/2 C. of skim milk in it. YUM!


JAMINURSE Posts: 3,901
1/27/13 2:29 P

I have switched to almond milk. But I keep skim on hand as well. I love the taste of both.

CYND59 Posts: 7,691
1/27/13 2:21 P

Not cows milk. Too rough on my stomach. I use soy or almond milk.

1/27/13 12:05 P

I just switched from skim to 2% milk and forgot how good milk tastes! The fats are supposed to be good for you fats, in moderation. The thing is that you have to be choosy about what kind of milk you buy otherwise you get too many chemicals. I have non-homogenized, grass-fred, organic milk and it is so creamy and good! I've read that if you switch to real milk again instead of drinking skim it actually helps you lose weight. I couldn't go straight to whole milk though I am going to try the switch gradually - haha. Luckily, I always seem to have extra calories to spare anyway!

Its funny because there are studies that say drink skim and some that say drink whole. I guess you have to just decide what works for you.

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1/27/13 11:32 A

I have almond milk in my cereal/coffee etc.. No cows milk for me.

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1/27/13 11:26 A

I don't drink milk much because for me, a drink that is not water does not help with thirst, nor does it satisfy me. No matter how many calories are in it, it is missing the chew and other mouth feels that non-drinkable calories have.

I get dairy in in other forms and by not drinking milk, Im not missing much. I do use it on cereal for snacks and occasionally have warm chocolate milk, but not frequently because, like I saidm for me, drinking calories simply isn't worth it (usually). Other people feel differently, which is fine for them. :-)

KARENCRANER Posts: 3,425
1/27/13 11:26 A

I don't like milk; it's for baby cows! ;) So, I rely on yogurt, cottage cheese, and a vitamin D/calcium supplement.

1/27/13 11:22 A

no I don't drink milk and don't do dairy because of all the unnatural estrogen in it. I do almond milk instead and try to get calcium from greens, kale, brocolli, spinach. I made this choice because of breast cancer prevention after having been diagnosed with BC. The surgeon agrees with me. I do supplements and salmon and almonds etc.

Edited by: PATTISWIMMER at: 1/27/2013 (11:26)
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1/27/13 11:10 A

As much as I hate the taste of it and how caloric it is (especially since the only one I can remotely tolerate in taste is whole milk), I try to drink some every day. I have a vitamin d defiency, so find milk is usually the easiest way to get vitamin d in through diet.

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1/27/13 10:52 A

2-3c daily ~ I like it and it is very good for my health

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1/27/13 9:28 A

No because I think it tastes disgusting haha. I don't really like almond milk either.

SNOWJESTER SparkPoints: (29,896)
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1/27/13 9:23 A

Haven't had milk since I was a kid. My reasons are more animal cruelty. The image of a cow hooked up to a rape rack being milked until it dries up, then inseminated again and repeat...Makes me sad. That and the fact that humans are the only animal that drink another animals breast milk grosses me out. Milk is for baby cows in my opinion.

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1/27/13 8:59 A

I am an occasional milk drinker. I'm living with my parents for the next six months while renovating my house, and they buy 1%. I personally am usually a soy drinker because my ex boyfriend did a bunch of research on the links between drinking cow's milk and breast cancer in college. I don't really like the taste of cow's milk very well, and usually find that I need it to be even colder than refrigerator temp to enjoy it. I do drink it, though, when I need a calorie or protein boost since I tend toward being vegetarian (I call it being a flexatarian but that's a while other story) and also tend towards the low end of my calorie range.

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1/27/13 8:44 A

I absolutely LOVE milk. After I work out, I mix a packet of Carnation Instant Breakfast with 12 ounces of milk - it calls for 8 but I find that too sweet so I do 12. Then at night, with my snack I have an 8-ounce glass. Any day that I am low in calories, I make it up with a glass of milk or if I really start to feel hungry and dinner is a long ways off, then a glass of milk will hold me over nicely.

1/27/13 8:43 A

I have 2% milk with my cereal, and I love it. That little bit of fat in the milk helps me last until lunch. On the rare occasions when I eat a pancake or waffle, I like a glass of skim milk with it, but since I'm the only person in my household who will drink nonfat milk, I usually skip it or drink 2%.

JKW1957 Posts: 185
1/27/13 8:34 A

I drink 2 glasses of skim milk a day. I love milk but, can't stand yogurt, sour cream and most cheeses. I know I'm weird.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,194
1/27/13 8:25 A

Cows get calcium for their bones by eating plant do I. If I have milk it is usually skim milk as whole milk can have allergens, fat and cholesterol. And as for skim....rarely..

I'll get my calcium from sardines, Spinach, and calcium fortified oatmeal.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 1/27/2013 (08:33)
CHIGIRL410 SparkPoints: (8,784)
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1/27/13 8:13 A

I agree that yogurt or kefir are better than milk due to the probiotics in them, and because they are more traditional: people didn't used to be able to drink plain milk because of lack of refrigeration and pasteurization. But not because they are solid whereas milk is liquid.

I prefer whole milk because it has less sugar, and the fat helps with mineral absorption. I lost 15 pounds when I started drinking whole milk instead of unsweetened soy milk --- that wasn't the only change that I made at the time, but whole milk is definitely not incompatible with weight loss.

Btw, I just came back from Greece where I am collaborating on a project, and you have the BEST yogurt, and it's nothing like what they call "Greek yogurt" here in the US. There's sheep and cow yogurt, and levels of fat ranging from 0 to 10%, and no additives. In the US, "Greek yogurt" is mostly nonfat or maybe 1% yogurt that is strained. Several types of yogurt that I had in Greece were cultured in the container, and they sold the yogurt in clay pots (like flowerpots) and glass containers, and there was a skin at the top.

Here in the US there's nothing like what I had in Greece, so I prefer to buy Indian yogurt from Patel Brothers (an Indian grocery chain), and otherwise just regular plain Dannon yogurt.

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1/27/13 7:45 A

Very, very, very rarely. I have a strange intolerance to milk that developed in my early 20's. It had always been my go to for drinks as a kid and drank gallons of it. I didn't care that much for juice, hated sodas and you couldn't get me drink just plain water.

At first I couldn't eat any dairy aside from yogurt without stomach problems. Then I could eat dairy like cheese but not anything else with milk in it. Then I became pregnant with my son and suddenly it didn't bother me at all. I was having it on my cereal. Post pregnancy it made me ill again but just plain milk, not if it was in the ingredients of a product. When I became pregnant with my daughter I though, Great! I can have cereal again (I tried a few milk substitutes and never liked them before). Bad idea! It was worse than ever. So I avoided it for a few years. When I joined Spark, I decided to try almond milk and I loved it! So silky, thick and smooth. Then I tried soy again (natura) and didn't mind it. So now I rarely use cow's milk, sometimes I'll use it in a recipe very rarely but 90% of the time use almond or soy.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/27/2013 (07:51)
AUDREYUK Posts: 631
1/27/13 7:38 A

I only drink milk in the occasional cappuccino. I do eat plain whole fat yogurt from time to time. I drank some milk as a small child, but not a lot.

My grandfather was a dairy farmer and let's just say I learned a bit too much!

SAE2012 Posts: 910
1/27/13 7:18 A

I drink Almond Milk 1 to 2 cups daily.

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1/27/13 5:50 A

I think saying that milk is a way of "drinking your calories" is not looking at the whole picture and not a good justification for avoiding milk. When you look at nutrition dense foods, milk is definitely one of them. If you drink non-fat, it is all protein and a little sugar. It is a really good choice for a drink and much better for your teeth than say, diet soda, or water with lemon.

Its recommended that every American drink 3 cups of milk a day. (

I do have milk pretty much daily, but I definitely don't have 3 cups worth. I'' have it on cereal and in my coffee, but very rarely on its own. I need more calcium daily, so I should be drinking more, but 3 cups a day feels really excessive to me.

NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
1/27/13 5:33 A

I'm another one who never drinks calories (well, I do eat a lot of soup).

I haven't had milk (except for in my coffee) in many, many years. I've cut my coffee consumption down to no more than one every 2 weeks just to avoid the milk (I don't like it without milk).

I eat a lot of Greek yogurt (I live in Greece) and some cheese so I do get dairy in my diet. But I prefer it in food form because it is filling/satisfying. Also there's something about milk that is off-putting to me. Just the idea of it. Yet yogurt and cheese don't bother me at all.

I still buy a crazy amount of it though because my husband drinks almost a liter/day.

KRAMTAW Posts: 35
1/27/13 3:12 A

only with my Herbalife shakes

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/27/13 2:41 A

No. I am eating a low carb diet, and I prefer to eat my calories,instead of drink them. Also lactose is a sugar which I am trying to avoid, as well as all the sugar they add to milk for flavor. So I stick to water for drinking.

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1/27/13 2:29 A

I use to be a heavy milk drinker and I didn't know what I'd do if I ever had to stop and well as time would have it I became lactose intolerant and according to tests might actually have a dairy allergy (jury is still out on that waiting for test results to come in).

So as much as I'd like to have my milk I can't so I have a cup of it once a week or so as my body allows for it - I don't drink soy because i can't (allergic) and can't do any of the nut milks (again allergic) and rice milk is out because its to high in carbs and spike my glucose like nothing else can or does (as in it spikes it worse then having half a cup of rice itself).

I find getting my calcium in to be a nightmare when it comes to foods so have to supplement with pills - which annoys me to no end, but we've not found a way around it yet to get my body what it needs though natural means.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,917)
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1/26/13 11:59 P

I love milk. :) I can't drink a lot of it because I'm lactose intolerant, and a cheese addict, but I do enjoy a glass of lactose-free milk now and again, especially just before bed to help me sleep and ease reflux symptoms.

I'm one who tends to eat at the top of her range a lot, though, so I'll usually skip it if drinking a glass will put me over. I also like a protein shake pre-workout now and again with lactose-free milk and protein powder.

SAKUYA3834 Posts: 1,998
1/26/13 11:45 P

I don't like it because I don't like drinking my calories... That's pretty much the reason!

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1/26/13 11:09 P

I've noticed that drinking milk isn't really talked a lot on these message boards, even when it might be relevant (ie, needing more calcium, needing more calories, needing more protein, etc).

I am a HUGE milk proponent for people who aren't vega. I love it because 3 cups of skim a day is ~250-260 calories, 25-26 g protein, almost all of you calcium, about 1/3 of your needed potassium... but I know a lot of people don't drink it and don't even talk about drinking it.

Do you like milk? Why or why not?

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