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07-18-2017, 12:47 AM   #1
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Is whole milk better for Crohn's?

My boyfriend's previous GI told him, if he was going to drink milk, that whole milk is better than 1%. My boyfriend does not remember why this was, and I have doubts because his previous GI was not a good doctor.
At any rate, my boyfriend drinks whole milk now. And I wonder--is it really better for Crohn's? Or was the GI spouting nonsense?

EDIT: After doing some research, I think I found what that doctor was on about.
The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) are potentially easier to digest when taken with a higher-fat meal. Thus, the fat in whole milk might make it easier to digest the vitamin D in whole milk.
Fat soluble vitamins are of particular concern to my BF because he has the liver disease PSC as a manifestation of Crohn's... and PSC makes those vitamins harder to absorb as it progresses.

This leads me to a new question. Isn't there a healthier way to get fatty meals to help vitamin absorption? I mean, whole milk just has a lot of saturated fat. Wouldn't it be better to drink 1%, and get healthy fats through various oils, instead of using whole?

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07-18-2017, 03:45 AM   #2
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Just by reading "milk" I feel the urge to go...
07-18-2017, 05:51 AM   #3
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I have to have almond or cashew or coconut milk.
07-18-2017, 08:05 AM   #4
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A long time ago when I was growing up (boy do I sound old!!!). I forget when it was, but my mom had read something somewhere saying that whole milk is better for kids especially for some reason then 1% or 2%. Seems like I remember something about it building up the immune system against colds, flu and such. She put my sister and I on it and I drank it, I think pretty much until I got married when I was 21 if I remember right. And I'm still alive!

Now there's no way I'd do it because I don't do well with regular milk anymore. And, now drink almond milk along with coconut milk occasionally just like Ron does.
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07-18-2017, 10:41 AM   #5
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Any kind of dairy gives me grief. I can tolerate small amounts of hard cheese. Its been difficult as I enjoyed cheese, ice cream and many others. Periodically I will have a small ice cream.
11-10-2017, 11:13 AM   #6
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My boyfriend's previous GI told him, if he was going to drink milk, that whole milk is better than 1%. My boyfriend does not remember why this was, and I have doubts because his previous GI was not a good doctor.
At any rate, my boyfriend drinks whole milk now. And I wonder--is it really better for Crohn's? Or was the GI spouting nonsense?

EDIT: After doing some research, I think I found what that doctor was on about.
The fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) are potentially easier to digest when taken with a higher-fat meal. Thus, the fat in whole milk might make it easier to digest the vitamin D in whole milk.
Fat soluble vitamins are of particular concern to my BF because he has the liver disease PSC as a manifestation of Crohn's... and PSC makes those vitamins harder to absorb as it progresses.

This leads me to a new question. Isn't there a healthier way to get fatty meals to help vitamin absorption? I mean, whole milk just has a lot of saturated fat. Wouldn't it be better to drink 1%, and get healthy fats through various oils, instead of using whole?
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I find whole milk to be beneficial, when it is an organic source. Regular, cheaper sources of milk bother me like crazy!
11-10-2017, 11:46 AM   #7
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I donít do dairy either anymore. Didnít realize how intolerant I was to it until I was told to get off it. Was never one to suffer belly issues but I did always have a nasal drip. Any how, yes other sources of fat are fine. I use a lot of coconut oil or olive. I do supplement vit d
because I no long drink milk
11-16-2017, 11:12 AM   #8
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This leads me to a new question. Isn't there a healthier way to get fatty meals to help vitamin absorption? I mean, whole milk just has a lot of saturated fat. Wouldn't it be better to drink 1%, and get healthy fats through various oils, instead of using whole?
Yes, you are quite right. There are much healthier ways to get the proper amount of fat in your diet to ensure proper metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins. Monosaturated fats such as olive oil and oil from nuts are probably the healthiest bet. Plus, unless they are on a very fat-restricted diet for some reason, most people eating a western diet normally get more than enough fat just from routine consumption of meat, pastries, and fried foods to keep all their vitamins soluble. Adding extra milk fat is overkill.
11-18-2017, 04:42 PM   #9
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Yes, you are quite right. There are much healthier ways to get the proper amount of fat in your diet to ensure proper metabolism of fat-soluble vitamins. Monosaturated fats such as olive oil and oil from nuts are probably the healthiest bet. Plus, unless they are on a very fat-restricted diet for some reason, most people eating a western diet normally get more than enough fat just from routine consumption of meat, pastries, and fried foods to keep all their vitamins soluble. Adding extra milk fat is overkill.
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11-18-2017, 06:37 PM   #10
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avoid milk altogether, lactose is a sugar that is in milk and can increase symptoms, cheese is extremely low in lactose, mozzerella may be the lowest, so I eat that and it gives me some calcium and protein.
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11-19-2017, 12:17 AM   #11
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Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) can be present in cows milk, and is very likely at least one of the pathogens involved with Crohnís Disease. Given that, I wouldnít drink milk at all.

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