Fact Vs Fiction: Does Milk Make your bones Stronger?

Nutre Meal Plans
Aug 10, 2017 · 3 min read

As each of us have grown up, we’ve been informed by myriad sources over the course of our lives that certain foods and drinks would help us to grow up healthier and stronger. From parents to teachers to media sources, we learned that some foods would aid the growth process, and there’s perhaps no food more closely tied to the idea of growth than milk.

The benefits of milk are so deeply embedded in our cultural understanding of food that they’re almost second nature — for

decades, TV and print ads told us that the calcium in milk would help

strengthen our bone and even protect us against diseases like

osteoporosis. But how true are those claims when put under the

microscope?

This week, we’ve taken a look at a few surprising studies to find out

the truth about whether or not milk is really the health food titan

everyone says it is.

One study revealed that men and women who consumed regular

amounts of milk on a daily basis did not build stronger bones or

protect themselves from bone fractures. Instead, the study showed

that these participants ​increased their risk in lowering their life

​expectancy.

When the report broke the results down by gender, the statistics were

even more alarming. For women, the study revealed that compared to

women who only drank one glass a day, those who drank 3 glasses of

milk a day increased their chances of cancer by 44%. These

participants also doubled their chances of contracting a

cardiovascular disease, fracturing bones, or dying prematurely.

Stats for men were substantially lower, but still alarming. Men that

consumed 3 or more glasses of milk a day increased their rate of

death by 10%. Additionally, for individuals with lactose intolerance,

even occasional consumption of products like milk can do even

further harm to their long term health.

If we take milk consumption a step further, take a look at the

ingredients. Full cream milk has copious levels of sugar, especially

galactose and lactose. Most health officials will recommend that the

daily allowance of milk should be from a low fat variety or 2%. That

way, you can get the benefits from calcium without the loaded sugar.

Another study revealed low lactose products such as yogurt and

cheese did not affect women’s life expectancy rates. Although

inconclusive, it appears that full cream milk was the culprit.

Other scientific research looked even deeper: in countries where dairy

products are scarce, the population had less bone fracture incidents,

as opposed to those countries that are rich in dairy foods.

This study went on to explain how milk affects the body once

consumed in an attempt to explain this difference. The biggest

storage areas of calcium in the body are the bones. Milk acidifies the

body’s PH balance, and when it enters the body, our bone calcium

acts as an acid neutralizer. The result is that the very calcium that you

might be drinking may end up leaving the bones to neutralize the

milk’s acid before being expelled as waste. We are then left with less

calcium than we originally started with.

While these findings are not foolproof, they do make us wonder

whether the myth of drinking excessive amounts of milk is truly

beneficial to our bodies after all.

Research is continually evolving and we’ll have to wait until the next

study reports on its recent finding. In the meantime, do we keep

drinking milk, or keep dairy consumption on the down low?

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