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Heavy milk drinking may double women’s mortality rates

Consumption of popular drink coincided with higher chances of cancer, hip fractures

6:30pm, October 28, 2014
Three glasses of milk

GOT DOUBTS?  Three or more glasses of milk daily doesn’t seem to impart benefits, even for bones, and might even hurt, a study finds.

Despite delivering calcium and protein, drinking a lot of milk doesn’t seem to provide a net health benefit for women and may even hinder their long-term survival prospects, Swedish researchers find. Over the course of about 20 years, women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day were almost twice as likely to die as those who drank less than one, other things being equal. Intake of cheese, yogurt or buttermilk might offer a better approach to dairy, the data suggest.

The study raises hard questions about the nutritive value of milk, says epidemiologist C. Mary Schooling of the City University of New York and Hunter College in New York City. “There’s something about milk and purity that got all tangled up. It’s almost a cultural belief.” The widespread assumption that milk is inherently good has arisen despite a lack of randomized trials capable of parsing the true health value of the drink, she says. The authors of the new study deserve

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