Drinking milk INCREASES mucus production.

  Lots of people are under the impression that milk and other dairy products increase the production of mucus. Some providers even recommend that patients with asthma or those suffering from a cold avoid milk so as not to worsen respiratory symptoms.

  But researchers who tested this hypothesis say that milk and dairy product intake does NOT seem to cause excess mucus production. And there's no proof that dairy consumption worsens asthma symptoms in people who don't have a milk allergy.

  Tell patients there's no truth to the rumor "milk makes mucus." Explain that when milk comes in contact with saliva, it causes the milk fat to precipitate out. This may cause a slimy sensation which might be mistaken for mucus.

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