New study may spoil your milk drinking
“Milk. It does a body good.” A famous tagline you’ve probably heard, or were told by a parent at dinner to “drink more milk so you can grow big and strong!”
According to the study, which tracked more than 100,000 Swedish men and women for up to 23 years, women who drank three glasses of milk or more a day (the recommended amount for U.S. adults) nearly doubled the risk of death and cardiovascular disease, compared to those women that drank one or less glasses per day.
“This study should not change anyone’s diet habit just yet,” warns Dr. Robert King an internal medicine physician with Advocate Medical Group in Westmont, Ill. “More research needs to be done in order to fully understand the impact that milk has on our bodies. There could be a number of additional reasons for these results, but it is certainly worth looking into to see if there is something in our diet that does need to be changed.”
It is important to note, this study does not say that milk is some sort of poisonous material we are placing into our bodies, but this does give cause for us to potentially reconsider the amount we consume. Many people take milk to gain calcium and other nutritional reasons. Milk is a source of calcium, but there are other options such as kale, almonds, and even Cheerios that can provide our bodies with needed calcium.
“A balanced diet is always a good choice,” Dr. King says. “I don’t know too many adults that make room for three glasses of milk or more a day, so it would be interesting to see the effect that a glass or two has on people. However, if you are concerned, almond milk is a great alternative to dairy milk.”
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