Too Much Milk May Cause Bone Fractures, But Yogurt’s OK

Despite everything we’ve been told about milk building strong bones and making us healthy, that may not be the case once we’re middle-aged adults, a new Swedish study suggests. Researchers from Uppsala University followed more than 100,000 men (ages 45 to 79) and women (ages 39 to 74) for up to 20 years and found that those who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had a higher rate of death. Even more troubling, the women had more, …

Daily Milk Helps Knee Arthritis in Women, But Not Men

Women who drank up to six glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk a week delayed the effects of arthritis in their knees, a large new study finds. Unfortunately, the same effect was not found in men. In addition, researchers led by Bing Lu, M.D., of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that eating greater amounts of cheese had the opposite effect, speeding the progression of knee arthritis in women, while eating yogurt had no effect on arthritis in either …

Organic Milk Beats Conventional for Healthy Fats

We know that organic produce is healthier for us because it contains fewer pesticides, but did you know that organic milk has significantly more heart-healthy fatty acids than milk from conventional dairy farms? That was the unexpected finding of a new Washington State University study, the first large-scale comparison of organic milk from grass-fed cows and conventional milk from cows fed mostly corn. The study, which compared 400 samples of whole organic and conventional milk over 18 months, found that …

5 Gross Things You Didn’t Know Were in Your Food

It’s amazing what food labels don’t tell you. For instance, what exactly is “natural flavoring” or a mysterious ingredient like L-cysteine? And then there are the things that aren’t even listed on the label that are even more worrisome. Here are some of the hair-raising things that might be in your next bite of food. Castoreum. This is one of those “natural flavoring” additives. It comes from the scent glands of a beaver, which are located near the anus. (Yes, …