As a child, teenager, and perhaps even as an adult, your grandparents and parents may have warned you against eating fish along with milk or curd and other dairy products. Surprisingly, this belief that seafood or fish cannot be combined with dairy products is pervasive in many cultures, not just in India.
But is there any basis to these fears or is it irrational?
The Link Between Fish & Milk Consumption And White Spots
The idea that consuming milk and fish together can cause white spots or vitiligo can be traced back to the ancient Indian medicine of Ayurveda and traditional Arabian medicine. According to these sources, certain foods are incompatible and when eaten together can cause diseases.
In reality, there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support these theories and showing that such thinking actually delays appropriate treatment.
Vitiligo is actually an autoimmune disease in which the immune system destroys pigment cells, resulting in appearing spots on the skin followed by the change of skin color.
The condition is most likely hereditary and could be caused by a genetic oxidative stress imbalance.
Nevertheless, dietitians, nutritionists, food scientists, and dermatologists agree that eating fish and milk together does not pose any risk of vitiligo or white spots.
Safety Of Fish And Milk Combination
Despite the widespread consumption of dishes like Bengali fish curry and tomato yogurt fish curry that combine the 2 foods, there have been no documented or verifiable reports of any ill effects of eating fish with milk.
In fact, the Mediterranean diet, which is regarded as one of the healthiest diets in the world, includes fish, yogurt, and cheese in daily meals.
In the absence of any evidence to prove otherwise, it is safe to say that there is no health risk from combining these foods.
Relax! Dairy and seafood only poses a health risk when contaminated and not handled properly, as they tend to spoil more easily. To avoid any unpleasant experience only consume fish and milk products at restaurants with high standards of hygiene or at home.
Keep in mind that adverse reactions are also likely to occur in some individuals because of allergies, as lactose intolerance and seafood allergies are among the most common of all food allergies.
While there is a lot that we can and have learned from ancient medicine, not every claim can be treated as a scientific fact. So, while we should be grateful for the wisdom of the ages, we should treat every claim with a healthy amount of skepticism.