Effect of a dairy diet on subjective levels of nasopharyngeal mucus secretion
Excessive dairy milk consumption has for generations been anecdotally reported to be associated with increased upper respiratory tract mucus
production. This is known as the Milk Mucus Effect (MME). Our study was aimed at determining whether the MME can be demonstrated by
comparing individuals on dairy and non-dairy diets over a period of several days. We present our prospective, randomized, double-blinded
controlled trial investigating if there is a difference in the subjective awareness of nasopharyngeal mucus production between subjects on a dairy
versus non-dairy diet in adult rhinitics who previously complained of persistent nasopharyngeal mucus hyper-secretion. We found a dairy-free diet
was associated with a significant reduction in self-reported levels of nasopharyngeal secretions in adult rhinitics.