We’ve all grown up knowing several things about milk: it’s an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin D, and we should drink plenty if it to help prevent bone disease.
But what if a new study told us too much milk actually caused more problems than it solves?
A Swedish Milk Study now says that women who drink three or more glasses of milk per day are at an increased risk of done fracture and even death. Men are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fascinatingly, other dairy products like cheese and yogurt were found to be associated with decreased fractures and death.
The problem may be a sugar in milk called d-galactose, which was found to increase levels of stress with aging and chronic low grade inflammation, and was even found to be a contributing factor for cardiovascular disease age-related bone loss, and more.
Some people in recent years have turned to common milk alternatives including: almond, coconut, soy and lactose-free.
While this study, and alternatives are important to take into consideration, milk does still provide important and crucial nutrients, like calcium, potassium and Vitamin D. Eighty percent of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, so if you don’t drink milk, it’s a good idea to get your levels checked.
Vitamin D can also come from 20 minutes of sunlight. You can even get it from other sources like fatty fish or egg yolks. Keeping a balanced diet in general will help with getting all of the vitamins and nutrients we need.
Some doctors still say a diet rich in milk is good for you, some will say cut dairy all together, and there is some evidence for that. We need more research. If you’re going to drink milk, it’s safe to keep it under three glasses a day.