I am a big fan of milk, I drink about 2 gallons a week all by my self! I heard many people saying milk increases the chances of upper respiratory congestion, bu personally I have never experience that but on the other hand I know some people who suffer with some respiratory congestion and they all blame on milk. I did not quite understand what was going on
The article from New York Times on health section published on April 12, 2010 reported possible explanation that only a small group of people are susceptible. Research pointed to studies showing that not all milk is the same it depend on breed of cow, some breed contain a protein called beta-CM-7, which reported to stimulate mucus glands in the digestive tract that are also found in the respiratory tract, where they are known to overproduce mucus in conditions caused by inflammation, like asthma.
After reading this article now I know why some people experience these type of symptoms while others do not experience them. I think I will try to find out how can we determine the brand of milk and the breed of cow related, and test this theory.
Posted by Anna Moreno