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Does milk cause depression?


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I heard that milk causes depression along with other foods, sugar, caffeine, etc. I was shocked at the milk claim. Is this true? I just recently started drinking milk and I've felt depressed so if this is true I might have to cut out the milk again.

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Where did you hear that?   If it's some vegan lobby group (it sounds PETA-ish) then take it with a pinch of salt.   If milk = depression then everyone in Denmark would be leaping off bridges.

If you're convinced that something will make you depressed, it will make you depressed... psychology is a wonderful thing.    However, I would strongly suggest that your low moods could be due to something else and that the milk-drinking is purely coincidental.

Not unless you're allergic or otherwise sensitive to something in it. There are a few people sensitive to casein (one of the proteins in milk) so for them it may be true, but for the general population, milk either won't cause problems or will cause a little GI discomfort without directly affecting moods.

Original Post by xlovelyx:

I heard that milk causes depression along with other foods, sugar, caffeine, etc. I was shocked at the milk claim. Is this true? I just recently started drinking milk and I've felt depressed so if this is true I might have to cut out the milk again.


No.

Original Post by gi-jane:

If milk = depression then everyone in Denmark would be leaping off bridges.

 Are Danes known to be big milk drinkers?

This milk = depression thing is probably the most absurd myth I've heard.

It started when I saw thing article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4610998.stm  and then I had seen some other people say it online. Probably just one of those misconceptions.

Original Post by cellophane_star:

 Are Danes known to be big milk drinkers?
 

Massive dairy industry in Denmark.  Daily per capita consumption of milk, cheese and butter in Denmark is about 450g (about the same as the UK).  Dutch people get through a little less... 400g.   In the US it's only about 300g. 

Original Post by xlovelyx:

It started when I saw thing article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4610998.stm  and then I had seen some other people say it online. Probably just one of those misconceptions.

 That man also cut out "grains, eggs, chocolate, coffee, tea and his favourite drink, Guinness" besides wheat and dairy products.   Tough to tell which one really alleviated his depression.

Original Post by xlovelyx:

It started when I saw thing article http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4610998.stm  and then I had seen some other people say it online. Probably just one of those misconceptions.

 It sounds like the guy in that article had some serious food allergies.  His case is far from typical.

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"It is becoming clear food is linked to mental illness."

I'm just sayin'.  We're all crazy here because we eat food.  Milk, Guinness, whatever.  It all makes you crazy.

I like the way the guy got out of his funk by getting back to the olde standby of eating meat and potatoes. 

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