Is Milk Really Good for You?

July 2, 2013  |  
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Milk does a body good, right? Today reports a Harvard pediatrician says we may all need to be drinking less milk than we originally thought. We’ve long been told we should have three servings of milk daily, but for a lot of bodies, those three servings could just lead to excess sugar and calories.

Pediatrician David Ludwig says, “This recommendation to drink three cups a day of milk – it’s perhaps the most prevailing advice given to the American public about diet in the last half century.” Many have switched to reduced-fat milk to avoid saturated fat, but many dairies actually add sweeteners instead. Reduced-fat chocolate milk is the biggest hidden sugar culprit. Saturated fat is removed but even more sugar is added than in unflavored reduced-fat milk.

For those who have healthy diets, three servings of dairy add little to their overall health. Want to be sure you’re receiving enough calcium? You’d be better off eating more kale, nuts and fish such as sardines. But if a child, or even an adult, has an inadequate diet, then three glasses of milk may, in fact, be healthy. That’s why Ludwig isn’t asking for an end to milk-drinking completely. Overall, you should do your best to make sure all your dairy products are low-fat but don’t have extra sugar from flavorings.

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