Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides.
A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men.
The results showed that high milk intake was associated with:
- higher mortality in both men and women
- higher fracture incidence in women.
Milk contains 18 of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D all of which are important for bone strength. The body is able to absorb these nutrients via the intestines through enzymes that digest lactose into D-galactose and D-glucose.