According to Healthline, drinking milk in moderation can be an easy way to satisfy your daily nutritional needs.
Milk is naturally packed with essential nutrients in a convenient and accessible form. Drinking milk is particularly important for children and may help you and your child maintain good health.
Milk can also help satiate your hunger. It's packed with protein (6-7 grams), and one glass contains 30 percent of your daily recommended amount of calcium and 15 percent of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. Milk Truth adds:
Milk helps build and maintain bone strength, and has been found to boost muscle growth and support healthy weight. An extensive body of research suggests far-reaching health benefits of milk–ranging from 'reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and with lower blood pressure in adults,' according to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Yet, 75 percent of the world's population has some kind of lactose intolerance, begging the question why milk is pushed so heavily as a daily ritual. According to the Center for Nutritional Studies' Thomas Campbell:
A large observational cohort study in Sweden found that women consuming more than 3 glasses of milk a day had almost twice the mortality over 20 years compared to those women consuming less than one glass a day. In addition, the high milk-drinkers did not have improved bone health. In fact, they had more fractures, particularly hip fractures.
Although Healthline notes that milk has been found to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, the proteins in milk might also trigger type 1 diabetes. Campbell also reports a connection between drinking milk and constipation and ear infections. He concludes:
There is a wealth of indirect evidence of very serious possible harms of consuming dairy foods, and, on the flip side, the evidence that milk prevents fractures is scant.