Milk is still a part of life for some people – whether in coffee or with muesli, the cow product has loyal followers. But milk is also a susceptible food and quickly goes wrong. However, it is not the ingredients themselves that are to blame, but somewhat incorrect storage, which you should bear in mind.
Of course, not all milk is the same. Different types have other shelf lives due to their respective heat treatment. According to the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, a shelf life of about two to three days applies to preferred milk, which is made from raw milk. The same applies to fresh milk. It can be kept for about a week when sealed and for two to three days when opened. UHT milk, which is not stored in a cool place in the supermarket, has a much longer shelf life. It can be stored at room temperature for around eight weeks. However, opened packages should be kept in the refrigerator – where they will keep for about two to three days.
Yet it is precisely the refrigerator space where most people make a mistake. Regardless of the type of milk, it should never be stored in the refrigerator door and justified because this is the warmest place in the refrigerator. The middle compartment, on the other hand, is ideal. The temperature there should be about six to eight degrees. This will ensure that the fresh milk lasts until the best-before date. A little tip: If you store the milk in the original resealable packaging, you also contribute to the shelf life.
Why it is better to avoid milk
Anyone who has skin problems should generally avoid milk, as shown, among other things, by a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. This is because insulin levels and insulin-like growth factors increase after consumption. In particular, the whey proteins in cow’s milk boost insulin production. This also increases the production of male hormones and leads to an overproduction of sebum. Once the sebaceous glands become clogged, sebum can no longer be removed, and bacteria form, leading to inflammation.
In addition, the consumption of dairy products tends to prevent the body from utilizing calcium. That’s why consuming it doesn’t prevent bone fractures or osteoporosis. According to the Nurse’s Health Study, dairy products may even increase the risk of bone fractures.
Also, research from Harvard University has shown that there is a suspicion that dairy products increase the risk of cancer. Especially in men, increased consumption increases the risk of prostate cancer between 30 and 50 percent.
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