When it comes to weightlifting, there are all kinds of trends to try and get stronger and improve your performance, but there’s one new trend that is definitely turning some stomachs. Bodybuilders are drinking breast milk to build bigger muscles. Some say it gives them incredible energy. Others are looking for a clean way to build added muscle.
Some online breast milk banks are paying women up to $1,200 a month for selling extra breast milk, WZZM-TV reports. It’s a trend that worries pediatricians.
“I would discourage anyone from purchasing breast milk from those untrusted sources,” said Dr. Lana Gagin. “The way this milk is stored and processed is not always safe.”
Gagin also doesn’t believe all the hype surrounding breast milk and bigger muscles.
“There is nothing in breast milk that can be of benefit to a healthy adult or there is nothing in breast milk that would enhance your physical performance,” said Dr. Gagin.
Registered nurse Emily Pease agrees. She tells KOMO-TV that that breast milk isn’t “harmful” to adults, but “there is no evidence that (she’s) aware of that demonstrates the benefits of adults consuming human milk.”
WZZM-TV crunched the numbers:
In one cup of breast milk:
2.5 grams of protein
10.8 grams of fat
17 grams of carbs
One cup of cow’s milk:
7.9 grams of protein
7.9 grams of fat
11 grams of carbs
Breast milk does have nutritional benefits for babies and can even help fight against diseases.
A check of online sites shows breast milk currently sells for anywhere from $2 to $5 an ounce.
via ABC Chicago