Many studies have been conducted to find whether drinking milk worsens mucus production, but there is still no strong research which says that milk consumption produces mucus or increases nasal secretion.
It is a myth that drinking milk can worsen the mucus, thinking this claim to be true most parents have second thoughts about giving milk to their children who may have serious consequence on their health like children may not get enough calcium, calories, fat and vitamins which many lead to weak bones.
Studies have concluded that there is no link between milk and mucus production and that even when you have cold and you consume milk, your mucus will not increase, but some people complain that when they have cold and if they drink milk, they experience increased mucus production, but according to health experts that it is not because of milk that there is increased mucus production, but it may have caused by viral infections or allergies or could be due to use of many medications. Health experts say if you feel that milk is causing increased mucus production then eliminate dairy products from your diet and see if you find any difference, but remember long-term restriction of dairy products especially for children could lead to serious nutritional deficiencies, that’s why it is very important to consult a dietitian to know if there are any other alternative supplements to prevent calcium and vitamin deficiency.
There is no proper evidence to support the theory that milk consumption worsens mucus production. Because persistently avoiding milk for children may restrict their growth. Various researches have time and again insisted that there’s is no link between milk consumption and increased mucus, it’s only rare that people with asthma are allergic to cow’s milk may experience little discomfort in their respiratory tract. People who are sure that drinking milk indeed increased mucus production have to understand that it could be the fat content that that thickens the mucus.
Having said that, there’s no need to avoid milk or milk products fearing that it will increase mucus formation. The only way to counteract the thickening of mucus is to drink plenty of liquids which will thin the mucus and makes it easier to move freely.
Take home message – Regular consumption of milk and milk products do not increase mucus formation and cause respiratory problems especially in people suffering from asthma, there’s absolutely no need to eliminate milk from the diet of the children, because milk plays an important role in development of the body, milk contributes to strong bone development, prevents degeneration of bones and milk provides all the essential nutrients your body needs.
The only way to reduce mucus production is not by cutting off milk and milk products from your diet, but switching to some simple home remedies that will relieve you of excess mucus production like – drinking warm liquids, steaming to thin the mucus and drink herbal teas, that contain lemon, ginger and garlic to get relief from excess mucus. So remember to add milk to your everyday diet for healthy bones and teeth.