Milk: Is Too Much a Bad Thing? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/14/05

Milk: Is Too Much a Bad Thing?

Chances are you've seen the milk mustache pictures that say "Got Milk?". Well, that campaign by the dairy council has been a huge success, and a great reminder that milk builds strong bones by providing calcium, protein, magnesium, potassium and other important nutrients.

Here's what's new from Harvard Medical School after tracking the diets of more than 12,000 children in all 50 states.

"Boys and girls who drank more than 3 servings a day of milk had a 25% greater chance of becoming overweight than children who drank less than that," says Helaine Rockett at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

That's not to say kids shouldn't drink milk. Researchers say it's not the milk that's the problem, it's the calories in it. So children who need to manage or lose weight should not be drinking more than 3 servings a day. Something which is in line with recommendations from the dairy industry.

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