Study Looks at the Effects of Milk on the Body
A new study shows that milk may be associated with higher rates of death. Dairy is often championed as a way to increase your body’s calcium stores, reduce your risk of age related bone fractures, and osteoporosis. Scientist in Sweden, however, are raising some concerns with a long term study involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men. They found that milk products can create oxidative stress in the body. This in turn promotes inflammation, increases your chances of fractures, and rates of mortality.
Milk Is Associated with More Inflammation
The results show a positive association between dairy intake and inflammation. This means that the higher a person’s consumption, the higher the inflammation. Two sugars in milk: galactose and lactose are believed to promote oxidation and inflammation. This can lead to bone structure breakdown and higher rates of mortality.
There’s Milk and Then There’s Fermented Milk
The research was based on consumption of regular dairy products. Fermented milk foods, such as yogurts and some cheeses, were found to be associated with lower rates of fractures and deaths. It is thought that fermentation breaks down the sugars and therefore makes the final product less damaging to the body.
What to Do
Fermented dairy products seem like a safe option, but only if they do not contain added sugars. You might want to take a closer look at Kefir, goat yogurts and cheeses. There are also many milk alternatives on the market, such as coconut, almond, soy, hemp and rice beverages. These options are not without their own health problems. That’s because they usually contain added sweeteners, phytoestrogens, gums and chemicals meant increase shelf life. All you can do is be informed and read labels. You can also make your own nut or coconut beverages. If you decide to give it a try, below are some resources for natural recipes.
Coconut Milk by Wellness Mama
Almond Milk by NomNom Paleo
Hemp Seed Milk by My Whole Food Life
Let’s Talk– How much milk products do you consume per day, and will this latest study change your habits?
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