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Does Milk Really Do A Body Good?

Dorathy Gass

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, young children should be consuming between two, and two and a half cups of fat-free/low-fat milk or dairy products daily, while older kids and adults should have three cups. Boasting the benefits of building strong bones, muscles, decreasing the risks of osteoporosis during the aging process, as well as the calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D that milk provides; the tasty beverage has always been viewed as a nutritional way to quench an individual’s thirst. However, many new emerging studies are highlight the ill effects milk may have. In fact, researchers have recently started to question the overall benefits of milk in general.

A fine example of this the low fracture rates in Asian countries. As little milk is consumed there, many scientists wonder if there is enough information to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s daily dairy recommendations. In addition, recent studies have seen a correlation between increasing the risk of ovarian and prostate cancers to milk; which is why many believe more research is in needed to verify the advantages that milk consumption brings. In fact, a recent study from Sweden published in a British medical journal revealed that females who consumed three or more glasses of milk daily nearly doubled their risk of death, versus those who drank less than a glass a day. While broken bones were also prevalent in the study for those women who enjoyed their milk – alternative dairy products were not connected to these issues. Dr. Karl Michaelsson of Uppsala University, and the study’s lead, noted that it was too early for the results of the Swedish study to signal a change in daily milk recommendations; and mentioned differences in diets between the U.S. and Sweden that may have affected the study.

As a result of the study from Sweden, milk producers created a social media campaign earlier this year to address any public concerns. The new campaign is aimed to highlight the benefits of milk, including a focus on the added protein that comes from cow’s milk, versus an alternative like almond milk. Additionally the milk industry also noted within the campaign, the importance of the dairy beverage as it relates to high soda consumption among children in the U.S.

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