Not all dairy products are bad, and many offer health benefits. Some consumers switch to organic dairy products to get the nutrition perks but avoid unwanted components.


Whole-milk dairy products are packed full of saturated fats, which if you're keeping score are "bad" fats that are associated with high cholesterol levels (increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke) and chronic inflammation in your body. You could switch to nonfat milk, but even then with most milk products you're still not escaping a few other unhealthy things -- namely, recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST, or bovine growth hormone). Bovine growth hormone is a genetically engineered synthetic hormone given to cows to boost their milk production, and it's controversial because it may introduce health risks not only to the cows but to humans consuming these dairy products.

Additionally, in some studies, dairy has been linked to certain cancers, and increased pain for people with rheumatoid arthritis or migraines.