There are several claims that milk is bad:

The last one claims to be supported by a scientific research: http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1704826

Apparently milk:

  • Depletes the calcium from your bones, causing osteoporosis
  • Increases fracture risk
  • Is an acidifying animal protein
  • Creates excess mucus

and so on.

I'm unable to verify the claims, although I've drunk plenty of milk (1 litre per day) until I was 20 and never had a broken bone and have strong teeth. I also have a few friends that had even more milk than me and have big bones. On the contrary I don't know of anyone who drinks milk regularly and had bones problems. I know people who are intolerant to milk, but that seems to be related to the pasteurization process as they are fine with raw milk (but that's another story).

So, it milk really that bad?

  • At the moment, this quetion is too broad, because it includes many different claims. Many of those claims already have questions here: e.g. phlegm, osteoporosis. See the milk tag for more.
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:23
  • Yes but these claims always go together and seem to be related.
    – algiogia
    Jul 27, 2015 at 10:41
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    True, but that makes it too hard for anyone to answer definitively. (What if I could prove that milk increases the risk of fractures, reduces osteoporosis, but couldn't answer the phlegm question? I would have to leave it unanswered.) It is better divided into individual claims.
    – Oddthinking
    Jul 27, 2015 at 11:43
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    Related question: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/6664/…
    – nico
    Jul 27, 2015 at 13:07


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