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Does Milk Do A Body Good?

According to a recent study, women who consumed three or more glasses of milk a day had a higher risk of fracture and a higher risk of death. Men who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had a slightly higher risk of death — mostly associated with cardiovascular death — compared to those who drank less than one glass a day. And there was no reduced risk of fracture as milk consumption increased.yogurt

Other studies over several decades have observed a similar — and seemingly paradoxical — relationship between the consumption of calcium-rich milk and bone fractures. One explanation is D-galactose. D-galactose is produced by the body as it breaks down lactose, the sugar in milk. Studies in animals have shown that chronic exposure to the nutrient causes “oxidative stress damage, chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, decreased immune response, and gene transcriptional changes,” they wrote. In fact, according to the authors, when scientists want to mimic the effects of aging, they give animals shots or food containing D-galactose.

What about yogurt, cheese and other fermented dairy products? Because they are produced with Lactobaccillus bacteria, which eat the lactose and convert it into lactic acid, there is less when compared to milk. Less lactose = less D-galactose.

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