Here is another reason to tell children to drink up that milk – not just for bone strength and growth, but also because milk drunk in childhood can lower stomach cancer risk.
A study recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that the risk of bowel cancer was as much as 30% lower among those who had drunk milk on a daily basis as children.
Those children who got free milk at school in New Zealand as children were seen to have lower incidences of stomach cancer.
Those who drank 1200 half pints of milk (about 300 ml per serving) during their school years were seen to be protected best against the stomach cancer.
This data is particularly significant since New Zealand has among the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the world.
It was the calcium content in the milk that is seen to be connected to the lower incidence of bowel cancer. It is thought that supplementing a diet with calcium supplements may have similar favorable outcomes to protect against stomach cancer.