Today’s helping of bad science comes courtesy of a major Swedish study, published in the British Medical Journal, suggesting that drinking milk not only fails to prevent bone fractures, but may also be responsible for earlier death.
So what are we supposed to infer from this? Exactly how early am I going to die? Are we talking hours, days, years? The scientists from Uppsala University found that women who drink three or more glasses of milk a day (680ml) were twice as likely to die in the period studied than were people who drank a more normal amount (whatever that is). So, if I drink two glasses of milk a day, will I increase my life expectancy by five minutes? Six years?
What about goat’s milk? What about the milk I take in my tea? What about the other dairy products I consume?
Pah! Soon they will make a connection between milk consumption and global warming. Oh wait, there is one!