We’ve all heard it at some point in our lives: drinking milk everyday is a must for growing. Not only were milk and other dairy products heralded as essential to our bodies, but they were things that we also generally associate with enjoyment. How great is a tall, cold glass of chocolate milk on a warm day, or that long cheese pull when you grab your first slice of a fresh pizza?
These days however, it looks like perceptions of dairy have been shifting, with scientific and personal reasons. Plus, diets like paleo and veganism that swear off dairy have further contested the idea that we need it to stay healthy. With these two forces at either end, it’s no wonder why dairy has become such a hot topic. Whether you’re devoted to dairy, or devoutly decrying its role in our diets, here are some pros and cons of dairy consumption that might help you debunk some myths.