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22 January 2016

Is Milk Good for Your Health?

A group of international experts addresses the controversial question.

[Translate to Anglais:] Istock picture from Le Fil's article

Wishing to take stock of the impact of milk on health, a contentious subject in the scientific community, a group of experts from seven countries has reviewed more than sixty epidemiological studies and clinical tests to bring to light the most convincing evidence.
The analysis and discussion process has led to the publication of an article in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. First author Benoît Lamarche, an INAF member and professor at Université Laval’s School of Nutrition, explains that milk was shown to have a neutral effect on health since it has neither a harmful nor beneficial impact on the risk of diabetes, bone health, the risk of fractures and cardiometabolic risk factors. However, it does appear to reduce hypertension. Milk nevertheless remains a better food choice than sugary juices and carbonated beverages since it is a good source of protein, minerals and vitamin D.
In addition to Dr. Lamarche, the group of researchers was composed of Jean-Pierre Després from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval; Ian Givens, from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom; Sabita Soedamah-Muthu from Wageningen University in the Netherlands; Ronald Krauss from the Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute in California; Marianne Uhre Jakobsen from Aarhus University in the Netherlands; Heike Bischoff-Ferrari from the University of Zurich; and An Pan from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

Read the full article in Fil (in French only)