Have you too heard that drinking milk after eating fish can cause you some health issues? Well, possibly you may have heard of it as our mothers, grandmothers and their mothers even had the same belief over consuming milk with or after eating fish could cause harmful side effects, including a peculiar kind of skin disorder.
If taken a closer look then you will find our world believes in so many lies and misconception that are not even closer to truth but with constant emphasis on the same thought process, it creates misconception that overtime tends to become very popular and spread all over.
This is an age-old theory being passed down the generations. A very common myth rather a misconception in various parts of the world specially South Asia. The myth is that drinking milk before or after eating fish is harmful and if ever tried then one might end up suffering from a special type of skin disease known as skin pigmentation.
According to Deepshikha Agarwal, a Mumbai-based dietitian and sports nutritionist, there is no scientific evidence or study that suggests milk and fishes together are a bad combination.
Obviously, the idea itself of having to live with pigmented/discoloured skin for life is so frightening that most people will never dare to put this theory to test and thus, the misconception continues building up.
However, if you apply logic then you would realise that if the fish preparation is heavy on spices or too fiery and you top it up with milk too then that can lead to acid reflux and consequent indigestion.
Besides that if you are allergic to a particular type of fish or suffer from even borderline lactose intolerance, you can experience rashes, itches, stomach-aches and nausea.
Though there is no such factual evidence available in modern day science to back the claim that fish and milk can trigger some kind of a toxic reaction in the body that could lead to skin disorders or any other health issues.
The occurrence of white patches on your skin could be the result of some kind of fungal infection or destruction of pigment-forming cells called melanocytes in certain parts of the body, usually face or hands. However, both fish and milk together or individually definitely cannot result in any kind of skin disease.
In fact, when observed properly many traditional fish dishes are prepared with curd, which itself is a formation from a milk product. In continental cuisine, heavy cream or cream-based sauces, both of which are too milk derivatives and are incorporated with fish all the time in order to enhance the taste of the food.
Thus, when it is safe to cook fish with milk derivatives, it is equally safe and no wrong to conclude that having curd or buttermilk with fish or drinking milk or eating milk-based puddings after eating fish could cause any sort of adverse side effects to your health. However, we strongly recommend you to consult a doctor before trying this combination together or before/after each other.