Does Milk Really Make a Body Good? The Other Side of the Story ...

Updated: May 20

Article by Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP complements of Functional Medicine University.

I have to wonder how the government dietary guidelines still recommends consuming three glasses of milk a day.

Where is there evidence?

A 2020 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D. reviewed over 100 top studies on milk and found that milk consumption is associated to the risks of fracture, obesity, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and various cancers.

This may be a hard pill to swallow but the scientific literature proves otherwise.

In other studies, milk consumption has been found to increase insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which has been associated with several major health conditions, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cognitive function in the elderly.

If you absolutely love milk than I recommend consuming only A2 casein milk products. Most milk products have high levels of the protein A1 casein which may lead to increased inflammation, allergies and other health challenges.

Populations that consume milk containing high levels of the β-casein A2 variant have a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and type-1 diabetes.

To find sources of A2 milk go to:


The information on this site is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from the research and experience of Dr. Grisanti and his functional medicine community. Dr. Grisanti encourages you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

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