Growing up, most of us were encouraged to drink milk, but new research suggests that this isn’t exactly the best advice in the world.
According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, some of the things we’ve understood about the
benefits of milk like improved bone health could be completely false. A 20 year study that traced 45,000 men and 61,000 women actually found that women who consumed more milk had a heightened probability of fracturing a bone. Notably, statistics showed that women who drank an average 3 glasses or more a day had twice the chance of dying in a 20 year span.
Professor Karl Michaelson of Uppsala University in Sweden is head author of the study. He states
“Our results may question the validity of recommendations to consume high amounts of milk to prevent fragility fractures. A higher consumption of milk in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death.”
Interestingly, the USDA recommends 2-3 cups of dairy daily to keep up a healthy diet. This is since it has been long believed that the calcium in milk is needed for bone repair and maintenance. While it is very true that calcium is needed in these process, some research suggests that fats in milk hinder the calcium’s helpful effects.
The specific factor causing increased mortality rates remains unclear. As of now, it could be a list of contributing factors. One of them could be sugar D-galactose which Swedish researchers found to intensify oxidative stress and cause inflammation.
It’s been revealed slowly over the years some of the harmful properties in dairy products. But to be honest, this one caught me a little off guard. While the direct cause of increased mortality remains to be determined, I think I’ll be playing it safe and cutting way back on milk.
This study can be examined further in the Oct. 28 issue of The British Medical Journal.