In the News: Dairy Products

It is perhaps considered common knowledge that dairy products such as milk and cheese can have certain benefits for your health. They are a source of calcium, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth, and milk was once recommended as a viable option to prevent common conditions such as osteoporosis. However, the effectiveness of milk as a source of calcium has been in the news recently, as a study has suggested it may not possess as many benefits after all.

The Telegraph’s account of the study explains how research has demonstrated that drinking three glasses of milk each day can actually have a negative impact on your health, and does not strengthen bones as once thought.

The study looked into the effects milk had on both men and women, finding that women were more likely to experience a fractured bone than men while consuming more milk. The report also explains how in the study, those who drank more than three glasses of milk a day were more likely to have an early death, too.

However, as is explained in the report, these results should be interpreted with caution. Published in the British Medical Journal, the study was conducted in Sweden where milk is fortified with vitamin A, which could have made a difference to the results. According to NHS Choices, having too much vitamin A in your diet over time can make your bones more likely to fracture as you grow older.

It is thought that the fat content in milk weighs out the benefits of the calcium it contains, but this does not mean that it should be avoided altogether. The Telegraph reports Public Health England commenting on how other studies have demonstrated milk’s benefits in helping to prevent problems such as strokes, heart disease and diabetes. Other dairy products with a lower level of fat were found to be beneficial, meaning that cheese and yoghurts are still a healthy source of calcium that can benefit bones as well as help to reduce the risk of early death.

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