Most bodybuilders are willing to try anything in order to bulk up their biceps and other muscle groups.
The latest trend among bodybuilders is breast milk bought online from women who are breastfeeding.
Brett Schoenfeld, a former bodybuilder, says that he has known people who have consumed breast milk because they thought it was good for building muscle mass. He says that many bodybuilders talk about it on forums on the internet.
But scientists say that human breast milk does not have what it takes for increasing muscle mass in adults.
Dr. Jacques Mortiz, director of the gynecologic division at Mount Sinai Roosevelt in New York, explains that breast milk does not contain something specific to help bodybuilders build up muscles.
There are many studies indicating that breast milk provides many health benefits for newborns and infants, but Dr. Mortiz says that there is no study to suggest the effects it has on adults or bodybuilders, for that matter.
If bodybuilders are looking to increase their protein intake, they should know that a cup of breast milk has approximately 2.5gr of protein, compared to a cup of cow’s milk, which has approximately 7.9 grams of protein.
According to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Nutrition Database, regular milk from cows is also richer in fat and sugars than breast milk.
Not to mention, breast milk is far more expensive than cow milk. While a gallon of cow’s milk is $3.44 on average, one ounce of breast milk bought on the internet could cost up to $10.
Also, because of poor storage conditions and shipping methods, experts advise against purchasing breast milk from unregulated online websites.
Breast milk purchased from illegal sources is more likely to be contaminated with diseases like HIV, according to scientists.
A recent study showed that 89% of breast milk bought from online sources arrived above the recommended temperature at which milk should be kept, which increased the risk of contamination.
Other studies found that milk bought on the internet was contaminated with staphylococcus bacteria, responsible for causing serious infections.
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