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    Milk...Do I Really Need it?

    Is the regular or no fat milk preferred before a ride?

    How about the almond milk?

    I'm assuming the body prefers low or no fat foods.

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    Do you have a weight problem? Are you lactose intolerant?

    If no, then drink whole milk.

    If you need to control calories then switch to low- or no fat. The body needs some dietary fat.

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    i'd skip milk before, and pound it afterward. if i drink much beforehand, i burp a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill in Houston View Post
    i'd skip milk before, and pound it afterward. if i drink much beforehand, i burp a lot.
    Thanks, Yeah, not that I'm lactose intolerant but I figured there'd be some side affects drinking it beforehand, I burp as it is with water possibly from swallowing air & water while I ride.

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    No. You never need cow milk. No one does. I like almond milk, soy if I have to, never tried rice milk.
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    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    ha, ha, noone ever needs almond, soy, or rice milk either. i knew this thread would end up here.

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    Haha, I know you don't need those milks either but they're better for you and a decent substitute if you must have a milk like drink.
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    Id scrap the passion forum all together, its a breeding ground for unicorn milkers, rainbow chasers and candy cotton farters.

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    You do not need to drink milk.
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    Vanilla almond milk because it taste great, and makes a good protein shake also.
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    Almond milk all the way... and your body DOES need fat. Low and non-fat stuff is horrible for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monzie View Post
    No. You never need cow milk. No one does. I like almond milk, soy if I have to, never tried rice milk.
    This. Humans are the only animals that drink milk after adolescence. If you need dairy, drink some kefir or eat some yogurt.

    Almond milk is awesome for smoothies, so is rice milk or soy milk. Soy tends to be fattier.

    Your body needs fat, vitamins and minerals bond to fatty oils and make them easier to digest and enter your system. You can get good fatty oils from coconut oil, nut butter (do better than peanut butter, try almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butter), avocado, etc.

    It's really good to mix a tablespoon of nut butter and coconut oil in with your protein shakes. The fatty oils help the nutrients get into your system more efficiently on the back end and the oils also give the powder something to bind to in your drink so you get less chalky/powdery texture.

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    I just drink either almond milk or soy milk. MUCH more healthy than cow milk!!!

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    What is your purpose here? Are you looking for a protein boost before a ride?

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    Milk before a ride? Sounds like the worst thing possible too me, it will give you cramps like nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Addict View Post
    I just drink either almond milk or soy milk. MUCH more healthy than cow milk!!!
    It is true humans are the only mammals that drink milk as an adult. We also are the only mammals that eat foods imported from other regions of the world, have a year around selection of a wide variety of foods, the only animal that cooks their food, and converts plants into milk substitutes. Because we have a choice and the technology.

    Human milk would be preferred, but as adults it is rather hard to come by. So cow and goat milk are common substitutes. By careful selective breeding cow milk is actually closer in composition to human milk than it was a century ago, but it is still not a perfect replacement.

    Many adults cannot digest milk. Our genes are programmed to turn off production of the lactase enzyme sometime after puberty, so lactose intolerance is common in adults. Also common is a genetic mutation that does NOT turn off lactase so those with the mutation are able to consume milk all their lives. I am one of those lucky people. Others just have the lactase enzyme production reduced, so they can still drink milk in reduced amounts if they are careful.

    Milk is considered one of the most nutrient dense of foods. It is not only a protein source, but also an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and carbs. All in the ideal ratios. As you may or may not be aware, nutrients do not work alone in the body, they work in synergy with other nutrients, and optimum function comes when the nutrients are in proper ratios to each other (which is why supplements seldom work – they deliver massive amounts of a single nutrient without the corresponding synergists). Real foods have the proper ratios, our bodies evolved to need the nutrient amounts, combinations, and ratios found in nature. Processed foods usually do not. The milk substitutes are by definition processed foods.

    Public health specialists were puzzled in recent years by the increase in the U.S. of the disease called Kwashiorkor – relatively common in third world countries and historically rare in the U.S. It is a protein deficiency. After many studies one of the contributing factors was identified as the increase of soy, rice and almond milk by children. Although these milk substitutes have adequate protein by previous understandings of nutrition, they lack the enzymes found in animal milk. Switch the kids back to real milk and the disease went away. Since then, the various manufacturers began fortifying their milk substitutes with additives to make it more like real milk. High protein consumption also spill calcium and magnesium in the urine (read: bone density loss). These minerals are found in milk, so the ca/mg loss is counteracted. To be fair with all inclusion, the increase of soda pop and processed fruit juices were also identified as contributing factors to kwashiorkor. (Ignore the wild claims about trans-fat and HFCS – soda pop, especially colas, is the real ‘poison’ in the American diet, even those with real sugar).

    So you can get by without drinking cow or goat milk. Drink the milk substitutes, take a calcium and magnesium supplement, add some store bought whey protein powder, eat lots of cruciferous vegetables (not a bad idea anyway), and you will be OK. Or you can throw a glass or two of real milk into your daily diet a lot cheaper and a lot easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave54 View Post
    It is true humans are the only mammals that drink milk as an adult. We also are the only mammals ...
    We are also the only mammals that RIDE BIKES. Woo hoo!

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    Well said.

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    Can't remember the last time I've had milk. It tastes vile and nasty to me. I do like Ice cream though.

    Rarely drink plain water either.

    Coke Zero, a smooth root-beer, or red bull are my drinks of choice....

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    For many years I led an unhealthy lifestyle of poor diet and lack of exercise. Six years ago I discovered mtnbiking and every year since has been a progression of better fitness,diet and lifestyle. Over the last 2 yearsa I've significantly increased my time in the gym and on the bike and I find myself drinking more and more milk. It's great fuel. Also as has been documented many times its a perfect recovery drink. I have a nice big glass of chocolate milk post ride and I swear it has made a difference in my bodies ability to recover.

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    Raw, organic milk is healthy. Otherwise, it's absolutely disgusting stuff.

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    “Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” Arnold Schwarzenegger in Pumping Iron

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    I drink raw (whole) milk from the farm down the road. It's good for ME. I'm not sure what is good for you.

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    Drink chocolate milk. Helps with muscle recovery and taste good. Stay away from the soy milk.

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    yes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfhausen View Post
    Drink chocolate milk. Helps with muscle recovery and taste good. Stay away from the soy milk.
    A growing body of medical literature suggests men should limit their soy consumption. No problems reported for women, just men.

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    i have not physically drank milk since i was about 10. im 24, i hate the taste of milk. the only time i have milk is if its mixed with something like ice cream. if i have cereal i literally pour my milk out of my spoon between each bite. i really should drill a hole in my spoons -_-


    anyways. it is my personal opinion that u do not need milk because i am healthy. granted, i eat tons of cheese
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