Milk: Good or Bad?
It is a common belief that drinking plenty of milk everyday is a healthy endeavor that will help make sure you grow up big and strong. But drinking too much milk may be bad for your health, according to recent research.
Studies done in the past have shown that calcium (found in milk) can help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. These benefits led to the recommendation of milk as part of a healthy diet by U.S. Health officials.
One study found that excessive consumption of milk did not help men or women prevent against bone fractures and was linked to overall higher rates in risk of death during the study period.
Women who drank three glasses of milk or more a day had nearly double the risk of death and cardiovascular disease, and 44% had an increased risk of cancer compared to women who drank less than one glass of milk a day.
Men who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had a 10% increase in overall risk of death, compared to those who drank less than one glass a day.
The study was done on adults over the age of 39. Approximately 61,000 women and 44,000 men participated in the study through the 1980’s and 1990’s.
These risks might be due to the high amount of sugar (lactose and galactose) found in milk.
This study is only a correlation study and there might not be a direct link between milk consumption and increased risks.
Eating fermented dairy products that are low in lactose content, like yogurt and cheese, have been associated with decreased rates of death and fractures.
People considered to have a damp physical constitution need to avoid foods that will increase production of fluids. Cow’s milk is often used for its ability to produce fluid and lubricate the stomach. It should be avoided if one is prone to dampness, or has a damp physical constitution.
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This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.