Your Guide to Buying Milk

Find out what you need to know to make the right choice at the dairy aisle.

Your Guide to Buying Milk

The dairy aisle can be confusing. Each brand seems to have its own set of labels and claims, and the prices can range from inexpensive to exorbitant. So which milk is the right one for you? Find out what the different labels on milk mean so that you can decide which one to buy.

Do I Need Hormone-Free?

Hormones (sometimes labeled as rBGH) are frequently given to cows to help increase the amount of milk they make. Studies haven’t found that this does any real harm to the cows, but some people feel it’s inhumane to do so. Studies have also found that hormone-treated cows don’t have increased levels of hormone in their milk compared to cows not treated with hormones. In addition, no studies have shown that milk from cows treated with hormones causes any health problems in people who drink it.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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