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5 harmful milk combinations you must avoid

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We often worry about combining something healthy with a glass of milk, but exercise caution and avoid consuming these 5 foods with milk.

Some like to drink milk hot or cold, some like to drink it by adding chocolate, and some drink it with banana for weight gain purposes. There are many ways people incorporate milk into their diet in the morning or night. You may have also heard of haldi doodh, almond milk, or cashew milk. While these options sound good and healthy, there are some foods with which you should never pair your glass of milk with. 

Milk takes longer to digest and therefore, for example, if you have milk and lemon or any citrus fruit together, the milk coagulates. This can lead to gas and heartburn. Some people are also lactose intolerant, which means they are unable to digest the lactose present in the milk. 

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Drinking milk can improve your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Below are some foods you should never combine with milk because they can cause more harm than good:

According to Dr Pritam Moon, consultant physician, Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road, Mumbai, you must keep a distance from these food and milk combinations.

1. Avoid fish and milk

Milk has a cooling effect while on the other hand, fish has a heating effect. This combination creates an imbalance that can lead to chemical changes in the body. Dr Moon says, “Never eat fish and all types of meat with milk, as it could lead to digestive problems and even heaviness.” So, be careful. Otherwise, you will have to suffer due to this grave mistake.

2. Avoid eating banana and milk

Since ages, we’ve been told that milk and banana make for a healthy combination. If you too have been mixing milk and banana together, it’s time you wait and stop. “The combination of milk and banana is heavy and it takes a long time to digest, and you will also feel fatigued,” says Dr Moon. Therefore, these two nutritious ingredients can be safely enjoyed individually as a part of a healthy and balanced diet. 

3. Avoid melons and milk

Milk with a lot of fruit can be a harmful combination that can take a toll on your health. You may believe that you’re combining a super healthy fruit with the ever-so-healthy milk, but you’re wrong. Milk tends to act as a laxative and melons have diuretic properties. Hence, teaming them could lead to digestive issues and toxic build-up, which could further lead to vomiting or loose motions. So avoid it.

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The juicy goodness shall keep your hydration levels high. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Avoid having radish and milk

Generally, radish or mooli doesn’t have any major side effects. However, it is advised to avoid eating it before taking food because it may cause a burning sensation in the stomach due to its hot nature. As per Ayurveda, milk should not be taken after having radish either as it is considered to be an incompatible food combination. Dr Moon says, “If you are eating radish with milk, it is time to stop that right away. Doing so can be troublesome for you. Milk and radish should be eaten separately as they can interfere with the digestion process.” Drink milk after at least two hours of eating things made of radish. 

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5. Avoid combining sour things with milk

Dr Moon says, “Do not mix citrus or acidic items with milk. Even fruits rich in vitamin C should not also be consumed with milk. Did you know why? Well, because milk takes longer to digest, and when one opts for milk and lemon or any citrus fruit together, the milk tends to coagulate.” This invites gas and heartburn and takes a toll on your health. It may also cause congestion, cold, cough, rashes, and allergies.

So ladies, beware next time!

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