Milk comes with many of the same problems as meat does.
In 1993, the FDA approved recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to be injected into dairy cows. rBGH is a synthetic cow hormone that increases milk production in cows by around 15%.
Though rBGH has little proven effect on the human body, studies have found that milk from cows treated with rBGH contains up to 10 times higher levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).
Studies suggest that estrogen acts together with IGF-1 to promote breast development. Estrogen can't promote breast development at all on its own. So increasing your blood levels of IGF-1 by drinking rBGH-treated milk, can most definitely give you man boobs. And if you're trying to lose man boobs, drinking rBGH-treated milk will make this notoriously difficult.
Higher blood levels of IGF-1 have also been directly associated with an increased risk of breast, prostate, and other cancers. In a 2004 study, patients with above-average IGF-1 levels had a nearly 50% higher risk of prostate cancer and 65% higher risk of hormone-dependent premenopausal breast cancer than people with below-average levels.
Studies have found that the estrogen content in non-organic and organic milk is the same. However, it's common knowledge that women who suffer from breast tenderness and fullness while drinking non-organic milk, become free of symptoms when they switch to organic milk. The difference is likely due to IGF-1. Note that anything that elicits symptoms of breast tenderness and fullness in women, is likely to also cause gynecomastia in men.
Is Organic Milk OK?
Though organic milk is a lot better than non-organic milk, if you suffer from man boobs, I suggest you avoid milk altogether.
Studies have found that both skimmed and whole milk cause a huge insulin response that you wouldn’t predict from looking at their carb and protein contents. Cream and butter on the other hand, do not cause such a big insulin response.
One study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found milk to be more insulinogenic than even white bread!
What Forms of Dairy Are OK For Man Boob Sufferers?
So what's the bottom line here? As a guy with man boobs, and/or excess body fat, what form of dairy should and should you not be having?
Well for starters, you should avoid all forms of dairy from hormone-treated animals. Elevated IGF-1 levels are something you can definitely do without.
The huge dose of insulin you get from skimmed, semi-skimmed and normal whole-milk means these should be avoided as well.
So this leaves us with full-fat cream (the more fat the better), full-fat yogurt, cheese and butter. Remember though that it's just as important to get these high fat forms of dairy from organically raised grass-fed animals.
If for whatever reason you are unable to go organic, then follow the same pathway as I advised earlier with meat. Get your dairy from local sources where they don't use hormones. rBGH is quite expensive, so it's mostly used by big commercial dairy cattle owners. If you can't do this either, then here's what I suggest…
Discontinue ALL dairy products for a few weeks. Evaluate how your man boobs respond to this. Then slowly re-introduce dairy into your diet, with one type of dairy at a time. Start with the lowest offenders (i.e. high fat dairy – cream, full fat yogurt, cheese, butter). Consider leaving out milk permanently. Whether organic or not, I've seen a common trend in my clients being unable to lose weight or lose man boobs unless they come off milk. This is most likely due to the insulin response as mentioned earlier. But hey, it's always up to you in the end. You can always experiment with it, try re-introducing milk into your diet and see how it goes.
If your diet contains full-fat cream, yogurt, cheese and/or butter from organic sources, and you're still finding it difficult to lose those man boobs, then consider following the above pathway of eliminating these from your diet as well for a few weeks. This is because organic or not, the estrogen content in all dairy can vary considerably depending on where you get the dairy from, and how dairy farming is carried out in your particular area.
In my personal experience, the high fat forms of dairy – cream, cheese, full-fat yoghurt and butter have rarely posed a problem. Now I'm only going on my own experience here, I haven't yet found any scientific evidence to suggest this is true. I think it may be because the increase in your own body's natural testosterone levels from the high saturated fat-content of these forms of dairy, offsets and more-than compensates for any increase in estrogen you may get.
No Milk? But Don't I Need Milk For My Bones???
If you do your research you'll find that the whole thing about milk being good for your bones and teeth is a lie promoted by the dairy industry.
Think about it. America has the highest per capita consumption of milk and yet has the highest rate of osteoporosis. American women drink thirty times as much cow's milk as New Guinean women, yet American women suffer forty-seven times as many broken hips from osteoporosis. In fact, a multi-country analysis found that milk consumption has a high statistical association with higher rates of hip fractures. So the more milk you drink, the more likely you are to break a bone!
If you want strong bones, stick to green leafy vegetables. The darker the better. Cooked collard greens, kale and spinach are especially good. These not only contain more calcium than milk, but the calcium is more easily absorbed by the body and retained.
According to natural health expert Dr. Mercola…
“Milk and refined sugar make two of the largest contributions to food induced ill health in our country.”
Is Avoiding Milk Enough To Get Rid Of Your Man Boobs?
No way! Avoiding milk is definitely important, but your man boobs won't magically shrink away as soon as you stop drinking the stuff.
To lose man boobs, you need to avoid a whole bunch of other foods. You have to know what to eat to help burn that chest fat, and it also helps if you exercise in the right way for losing man boobs.
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