Reality check: Is milk good for your bones? Study casts doubt

Global News

TORONTO – Our mothers may have always told us to drink our daily glass of milk to keep our growing bones healthy and teeth strong, but now one study says they were wrong.

Swedish researchers say that consuming more milk – about three or more glasses per day – may be increasing your risk of bone fractures and even early death.

It’s not the first time scientists have cast doubt on milk and its status as the holy grail of childhood nutrition.

This time around, Uppsala University researchers looked at the dietary habits of more than 45,000 men for over a decade and more than 65,000 women for up to 20 years.

They zeroed in on how much and what types of milk and dairy the study subjects were eating. Hip fractures and other bone fractures were also logged over the years.

READ MORE: Is milk our healthiest, best source for calcium?

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