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    We have all heard that drinking milk is very good for our health and especially for our bones.

    But according to a Swedish study published in the prestigious British Medical Journal, this is nothing more than a myth.

    In reality, the opposite is true: men and women who drink a lot of milk are at a higher risk of fractures. ” The results of our study show that there is no reason to believe that milk, due to its high content of calcium and vitamin D, strengthens the skeleton and protects against fractures, " says Professor Karl Michaelsson from the Uppsala center for clinical research.

    And this is not all – scientists have found a positive correlation between high milk consumption and increased mortality and warn that milk in large quantities can be harmful not only for adults but also for children.

    The study – the largest on this topic – involved 110 thousand people. All of them were in good health at the beginning of the study. The women were observed for 20 years, and the men for 11 years.

    Studies have shown that women who consumed three or more glasses of milk daily were significantly more likely to have broken bones than women who drank no more than one glass. In men, this relationship was not observed, but it is possible that this is due to a shorter study period and they still have everything ahead of them.

    As for mortality, it was increased in milk lovers regardless of gender, although the result was more noticeable in women - among the study participants who drank three glasses of milk a day, the death rate for these 20 years was almost twice (!) higher than among those who drank no more than 200 ml.

    But there is also good news – for fans of cheeses and dairy products. The study found no link between their consumption and increased health risks.

    Scientists suggest that the reason is the high content of lactose in milk, which is a disaccharide consisting of two simple sugars: glucose and galactose. According to the authors of the study, galactose is the “bad guy” in this story.

    High consumption of galactose (and a glass of milk contains about 5 grams) is associated with an increase in inflammatory processes in the body and an increase in the level of oxidative stress – damage to cells as a result of oxidation. This, in turn, leads to an increased risk of heart disease, cancer, and bone damage.

    Animal studies have shown that high doses of galactose trigger processes that resemble natural aging and lead to numerous diseases. Moreover, if you translate the dose of galactose that the mice received into the scale of human consumption, it turns out that the risk zone begins at the level of 1-2 glasses of milk per day.

    Representatives of The Swedish National Food Agency, commenting on the results of the study, note that they need further study and, like any observational studies, do not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between milk consumption and increased mortality.

    They are not going to change their recommendations for dairy products yet and still advise to consume 0.13 gallons of milk and dairy products per day to get the necessary dose of calcium. However, in order to get this dose, it is not necessary to drink milk in glasses.

    Fortunately, there are other sources of calcium that contain much less lactose (and therefore galactose) or do not contain it at all.

    For example, hard cheeses contain 7-10 times more calcium than milk, so a couple of pieces of cheese can replace two glasses of milk. And it is not just about dairy and fermented milk products.

    For your reference, here is a table of various calcium-rich foods that conform to the Keto diet principles (mg of calcium per 100 g of product):



    Milk 125
    Dill 1 516
    Parmesan 1 109
    Sesame 975
    Swiss cheese 721
    Chia 631
    Sardines in oil (canned) 382
    Tofu 350
    Almond 264
    Canned salmon (with bones) 249
    Basil 177
    Rocket 160
    Curly cabbage 150
    Punch 138
    Fat cottage cheese 120
    Sour cream 20% 110
    Walnut 98
    Cream 37% 65
    Eggs 56
    Broccoli 47
    White cabbage 40
    source: USDA

    Recommended daily intake of calcium: 1000 mg for age 19-51 years, for 51-70 years-1000 mg men/1,200 mg women, for age over 71 years-1200 mg, for age 9-18 years-1300 mg.
    Last edited by Simon Locke; 06-07-2020, 07:28 AM.

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