The tandem milk with cereals is as classic as it is problematic. It is so deeply embedded in the culture that it is difficult to find an American movie or series in which children and some adults do not eat this set for breakfast. It is so widespread that, if you take a look at Spanish productions, you can find exactly the same combination. What is the problem?
Assuming that lactose intolerant people cannot have this set for breakfast, for the rest, dairy is not essential. In addition, many of the industrial grains are sugar bombsTherefore, drinking milk with cereals is more of a whim to have in a place located in the fashionable district of the capital, than a balanced daily breakfast.
In fact, the dairy war is worthy of a George Lucas saga. Studies such as the one carried out by researchers at the University of Uppsala, in Sweden, have linked eating three or more glasses of milk a day with higher mortality. Besides, the investigation reveals that higher milk consumption in women and men does not translate into a lower risk of fractures bone. While it is linked to a higher mortality rate.
Their hypothesis is that there is a link between lactose, galactose, and mortality. Something similar to that raised by another investigation carried out by scientists from the General Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army in the capital of China. In animal models, repeated exposure to galactose (the milk sugar) induced memory loss, neurodegeneration, and oxidative damage.
Dairy consumption may also have other effects, according to a study carried out at the University of Los Angeles, USA, how to increase the risk of leaky gut syndrome, candidiasis and can also negatively affect the thyroid.
To understand why then it has been linked so much to healthy lifestyle habits, giving the impression that it is an essential food for the human race, we must inquire into history. First of all, you have to look back at prehistory. Apparently, Europeans during the Neolithic period did not follow that of three dairy a day let alone have milk and cereal for breakfast, of course. In fact, researchers at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany revealed the absence of the allele associated with the persistence of lactase in early Neolithic Europeans.
Something that fits with the customs of other mammals, which lose the ability to digest lactose after weaning, so good for humans for having retained that ability (not all, there is a large percentage of intolerant, specifically, in Spain, according to estimates by the Spanish Foundation for the Digestive System, one in three suffers from it). But this does not mean that it is a basic and essential food, as none is except breast milk.
Is milk white poison? Not at all, what these discoveries seek is to demystify their consumption on a daily basis and in quantity, promoting a reduction of it. To find out when this dairy furor started, you have to look at American advertising and its obsession with milk. From the cereal ads of the 50s, to the Marshall plan in Spain and the ‘Got milk?’ of the 90s, which featured celebrities like Rihanna, actors from the series Malcom in the middle, Dwayne Johnson and even Marilyn Manson. This last advertising campaign in particular did manage to maintain the level of milk sales that had been declining since 1973, but since then, the curve has continued to trend downward.
The sugar present in cereals
“There are thousands of breakfast cereals, therefore, reading the labels of these foods is essential to choose the best and healthiest,” he explains to EL ESPAÑOL Maria Carmen Japaz, dietitian and nutritionist. Some breakfast cereals they can contain up to 30% sugarsThis means that in a serving of 30g of cereals, 10g are only sugar (equivalent to one tablespoon).
According to the expert, this amount is quite exorbitant, taking into account that the recommended daily amount of sugars, or rather, the limit for their consumption, is approximately 25g per day. So, just with breakfast, if you eat cereals with milk, half of the consumption limit would already be covered. Exceeding these figures can have dire consequences for the body. Something verified by a job coordinated by the OCU with the World Action on Salt and Health, which reveals how 58% of breakfast cereals contain high levels of sugar, higher than 22.5%.
The consumption of sugar can trigger hyperinsulinemia (an amount of insulin that is greater than is considered normal in the blood), which in turn can lead to a kidney loss of potassium, an essential nutrient for muscle maintenance. Secondly, various studies carried out in animals suggest that chronic consumption of refined sugars may contribute to metabolic and cardiovascular dysregulation.
Research such as the one carried out by Paula Moreira, from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, suggest that diets rich in sugar can lead to cognitive decline, predisposing to neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. Something that is directly related to type 2 diabetes, which is a risk factor for suffering from this disease, with which it also shares similar clinical and biochemical characteristics.
“To choose some breakfast cereals, it is essential to look for the whole grains and natural ones without added sugars. It is preferable to add a small amount of cinnamon, stevia or vanilla to sweeten it than to resort to sugary ones,” says Japaz. Whole wheat oat flakes and rye flakes are the best option to opt for some of the cereals that can be found in the supermarket.
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