Originally Posted by sybaritical
Anyone read Patrick Holford 's optimum nutrition bible? Pretty heavyweight dude, but I'm kind of coming around to his opinion that Milk is for cows and not humans and that drinking it is ultimately bad for your system.
Bollocks to that. Granted a lot of the milk people are drinking contains some nasty stuff, but that's entirely due to the growth hormones, antibiotics, and steroids those corporate farms pump their cows full of. Buy organic milk and there's no harm.
Dairy contains casein protein, which is a Godsend to anyone who doesn't like the idea of their muscles being torn apart at night. When you stop eating protein for a long enough period of time (like the 7-9 hours while you're asleep), your body turns catabolic, meaning it breaks down muscle tissue to get some of the amino acids it needs. Casein is a slow-absorbing protein, and by eating enough of it before bed, protein synthesis outpaces protein breakdown, and your body remains anabolic rather than becoming catabolic. That may not mean much to your average person, but it sure means a lot to anyone trying to put on some muscle.
Most of these "back to nature" food people are simply trying to sell their own products, and to do so they use all sorts of homeopathic 'wisdom' that has not been corroborated by science.