We’ve been seduced by the commercials and ads of celebrities sporting their milk mustaches, and we’ve been led to believe that milk is necessary for our bones. But, it’s time to wake up to the truth.

Drinking cow’s milk is not a must, and it does not give you stronger bones. In fact, it depletes calcium from bones, and previous research shows how drinking milk and dairy products is not associated with fewer fractures, but actually increases the risk of arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

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Now, new research published in JAMA Pediatrics shows that drinking milk does not necessarily mean you’ll have stronger bones.

The research involved 96,000 women and men over 22 years. What they found is that high milk consumption during teen years didn’t translate into a lower risk of hip fractures as people aged. Also, the study showed that high consumption of milk may increase the risk of fractures the taller a person is.

And most concerning of all: Each additional glass of milk per day as teenagers was associated with a nine percent higher risk of hip fractures in men — that means over consumption of milk might increase the risk of fractures in guys (drinking more milk had no effect in women in this study).

Further evidence milk isn’t helping our bones

  • Americans have one of the world’s highest incidence of bone fracture, even though we consume large amounts of dairy products.

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  • Countries with low-dairy and low-calcium diets do not have a problem with bone fractures, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

  • A Harvard University study involving 78,000 women found that the people who drank the most milk had the highest risk of bone fracture.

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And when you decide to ditch dairy, here is an ultimate guide to dairy-free, plant-based milks and 10 dairy-free foods packed with calcium.

Got milk? Why not, got veggies?