Milk: it does a body… bad? According to a new study published in the British Medical Journal which followed 100,000 Swedish people over 20-30 years, drinking more milk was equated with higher incidences of death from heart disease and cancer. For women, drinking more milk was also linked to an increased rate of hip fractures. So evidently those thrice daily recommended glasses of milk may not actually be making anyone’s bones stronger. The researchers suspect that D-galactose, a sugar present in milk that has been associated with chronic inflammation and decreased immune response, is a key factor in why milk consumption is not yielding stronger, healthier bodies. Scary side fact: giving D-galactose to lab animals is actually an established experimental model for facilitating premature aging. Interestingly, consumption of cheese and yogurt did not result in higher mortality rates or bone fractures. Certain groups of females actually showed that consumption of these products was linked to a reduction in premature deaths and hip fracture rates, likely due to the fact that these fermented dairy products do not possess such high concentrations of D-galactose.While the researchers encouraged caution if consulting the study’s results to make dietary changes, there’s no better time to start exploring plant-based options that will fulfill your calcium needs.

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