Let’s start with the basics. Everyone knows you need calcium for stronger bones, right? Without it, children wouldn’t grow up to be big and strong. Adults would easily suffer fractures. And many elderly would be riddled with osteoporosis and their bones would be crumbling to dust. But there’s just no evidence that we need milk to strengthen our bones.
For one thing, countries with the lowest milk consumption have the lowest rates of osteoporosis and fractures, while those with the highest dairy consumption and calcium intake have the highest rates of fractures—a phenomenon called the calcium paradox. 20 In a large meta-analysis published in 2011, 21 scientists compiled data from nine different studies and found that milk consumption did not lower the risk of hip fractures in men or women.
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In another exhaustive meta-analysis that included a dozen prospective studies and nine rigorous clinical trials, researchers found that a higher calcium intake offered no protection against fractures; in fact it was linked to a higher risk. 22 The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study 23 and another prospective study in Sweden 24 also found no link between high dairy consumption and decreased risk of fractures.