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Daily Dose

How much milk do we really need?

For more than a century, American parents have prodded their kids to drink three daily glasses of milk, but now the tide may be turning against this once seemingly essential beverage. A commentary published last Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics questions the value of three servings of milk daily and whether the harm outweighs the benefits when people drink reduced-fat milk instead of whole milk.

“There’s never been such a strong evidence base for these recommendations,” said Dr. David Ludwig, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician who coauthored the commentary with Dr. Walter Willett, a nutrition researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health. “We’re not arguing that milk should be eliminated from the diet, but that a broader range of recommendations might be more appropriate.”

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