Milk Study Shines Negative Light On Popular Drink

Milk Study Calls Into Question Those ‘Does A Body Good’ Claims

A milk study conducted by Uppsala University in Sweden has called in to question those famous “does a body good” claims that fans of the popular drink have been making for years.

The study, originally published in the British Medical Journal and first reported online by the Washington Post, found that “consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher mortality and bone fractures in women and higher mortality in men,” the news site reported.

“I’ve looked at fractures during the last 25 years. I’ve been puzzled by the question because there has again and again been a tendency of a higher risk of fracture with a higher intake of milk,” said Uppsala University professor and lead author Karl Michaelsson.

The study was derived from two giant long-term studies that looked at adult men and women’s dietary habits, including the types of milk and other dairy products they consumed.

The milk study found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day had a higher risk of bone fractures and a higher mortality rate, while men who drank the same amount had a slightly higher mortality risk than their one glass-or-less-per day drinking counterparts.

A separate report added that more than 100,000 Swedish men and women were a part of the milk study, adding that over-consumption of milk actually increased the likelihood of hip fractures by 16 percent.

Considering that federal dietary guidelines recommend people over the age of 8 drink three cups of milk a day, it’s a radical finding.

Milk has generally been heralded for its high calcium and vitamin D content, with only those who suffer lactose intolerance needing to avoid.

In a related report, Stanford University earlier this year found no health benefits achieved by drinking raw milk.

The small study mandated that 16 test lactose intolerant test subjects drink pasteurized milk, raw milk, and soy milk only for eight days, separated by a week of no milk consumption in between the milk type changes. The test subjects recorded their various levels of “physical discomfort” throughout the study. Common ailments included cramping, diarrhea, audible intestinal sounds, and flatulence. The study found no symptoms or severity differences between the pasteurized and unpasteurized milk.

So what do you think of these latest milk study findings, readers? Is it enough to get you off milk for good or does the data not go far enough? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

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