Milk & Bodybuilding

July 15th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Milk is a controversial subject among many bodybuilders due to the health and digestion concerns.

Milk controversy:

Many believe that since milk is for babies and cow milk is for calves, than we as adult humans shouldn’t be drinking it. It’s actually a famous quote from Arnold Schwarzennegar. To me, that seems like silly reasoning considering that if it’s good for babies, in their most sensitive time in life, why not for adults? Another argument is health concerns of IGF-1 and anti-biotics that get leaked into the milk as a result. There is one simple solution to that, you can get organic milk and you won’t have a concern anymore. Organic cows are also fed grass instead of cattle feed full of toxins.

Milk & Lactose

Many bodybuilders do not drink milk for their main source of protein. One reason being, the lactose causes bad side effects for many who are lactose intolerant. Most people have problems digesting lactose to some degree. Lactose is actually a low glycemic carb and isn’t as digested as easily as other carbs. Even if you are lactose intolerant, they have milk available with no lactose, or you can just take the lactaid pill.

So should bodybuilders drink milk?

Protein Powder is the better choice because you get more protein for the same amount of carbs. You also don’t have to worry about lactose side effects as much. If you like milk than go ahead though. Just make sure you get organic low fat milk. Milk also contains many other beneficial ingredients such as calcium, vitamin D, and the important ALA which isn’t be found in protein powder.

  1. chris deloma on July 18th, 2007

    how much is “good serving of milk” for the bodybuilder then?

  2. Will on November 2nd, 2008

    ‘Also the large amounts of carbs is not ideal for bodybuilders’ – Erm?!

    As long as you’re not drinking whole milk (drink semi-skimmed or skimmed) drink as much as you like. If you’re looking for building mass drink semi-skimmed as it has almost the perfect carb/protein/fat ratio, if you’re cutting down then skimmed milk is perfect. Drink milk before bed as well as the casein acts as a ‘slow protein release’ and helps maintain you through the night whilst you’re not eating.

  3. Will on November 2nd, 2008

    Oh and one more thing I forgot. If you’re on the semi-skimmed milk diet don’t drink it straight after or before a workout – stick to your whey protein for that as taking in fat an hour either side of your workout is BAD!

  4. admin on November 18th, 2008

    Will your right about the large servings of carbs. I don’t think it’s as bad as I originally thought. I edited my post.

  5. peter copsey on February 17th, 2009

    I have been led to believe that you should drink whole milk because the other versions dont allow the body to absorb calcium etc as well. Also, surely it’s carbs we should be concerned with……….not fat. Any comments welcome as I’m a novice bodybuilder.

  6. Roeluf on February 19th, 2009

    WHo who!. easy on the “full of toxins” part there.
    (i’m a dairy farmer/ bodybuilder) i drink my own milk. raw milk that is. we milk 200 catle and right now i have 1 cow on penicillin treatment. and she will not be milked in the tank until 7 day’s after the last treatment. that way residues wont be in the milk she produces. if i do supply penicillin milk or milk that have traces of penicillin i get a fine of $ 20.000 so it pay’s to keep the milk clean. the toxins you refer to are High moister corn supplement, soy meal and vitamins. the rest is pure corn silage and Alfalfa silage. no toxins!. the only difference with organic farming is that we use firteliser on our crops and use penicillin to treat infections. just like in a hospital and it’s very carefully monitored. go check your nearest dairy farm for more info. i’m shure they have the same explanation.

  7. isaq on November 25th, 2009

    whole milk is better for getting big’ coz its all about gettin the calories in!

  8. Jeff on January 3rd, 2011

    Ive been drinking large amounts of milk lately and its doing wonders for my muscle building. Ive finally hit 270lbs, the largest ive ever been in my life. I swear by the stuff. you wana get big, drink milk!