Full-Fat Dairy May Be Good For Your Heart, New Research Shows

Researchers have suggested the consumption of dairy should be encouraged in countries where it is generally avoided

Researchers have suggested the consumption of dairy should be encouraged in countries where it is generally avoided

TUESDAY, Sept. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Dairy foods might be your ticket to better heart health, even if you're drinking whole milk and eating rich cheeses, a new study suggests.

Consumption of more than two servings of dairy versus no intake each day was linked with a lower risk of death or a major cardiovascular event, including death from cardiovascular causes, non-fatal MI, stroke, and heart failure (HR 0.84, 95% CI 0.75-0.94, P=0.0004).

A team of researchers from the McMaster University in Canada conducted a study on 136,384 people aged between 35 to 70 years old from 21 countries.

Eating or drinking three servings of dairy per day is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease and early death, compared to lower levels of consumption, a study of over 130,000 people in more than 20 countries has found. "This study suggests dairy consumption may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in low and middle income countries, but this was not the case for those with higher incomes comparable to the United Kingdom", said the chief nutritionist at PHE, Dr Alison Tedstone.

That said, always follow your doctor's nutritional advice. (The US became as soon as now not among them, nonetheless Canada became as soon as.) Now now not indubitably one of the fundamental folks included within the see had a historical past of heart problems, and all of them accomplished a close dietary look, which included questions about kind and frequency of dairy intake. Although the consumption of dairy was not associated with a reduction in MI, the risk of stroke was 34% lower among those had at least three daily servings compared with those who ate no dairy at all. "Dairy plays a role in a healthy balanced diet, but too much can lead to high levels of saturated fat and salt - the UK's Eatwell Guide recommends choosing lower fat options to help prevent heart disease", she said.

Notably, consuming more saturated fat from dairy did not significantly impact the composite outcome, total mortality, or major cardiovascular disease.

One standard serving of dairy was equivalent to a glass of milk at 244g, a cup of yoghurt at 244g, one slice of cheese at 15g, or a teaspoon of butter at 5g.

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"However, as the authors themselves concluded, the results only suggest the 'consumption of dairy products should not be discouraged and perhaps even be encouraged in low-income and middle-income countries'". "We are suggesting the net effect of dairy intake on health outcome is more important than looking exclusively at one single nutrient".

"This exclusively focuses on one single macronutrient-saturated fat-and a single risk factor, which is LDL cholesterol", said Dehghan.

"Currently with the evidence that we have reviewed, we still believe that you should try to limit your saturated fat including fat that this is coming from dairy products", commented Jo Ann Carson, PhD, of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a spokesperson for the American Heart Association. "Last year, we published results from PURE showing that saturated fat was inversely associated with mortality". The potential benefits of compounds found in dairy products, such as certain amino acids, vitamins K1 and K2, calcium, magnesium, potassium and some probiotics warrant further investigation. The dairy intake was self-reported by the individuals through a questionnaire.

That said, people should stick to low-fat dairy, she advised. "We're saying moderate consumption, regardless of fat, is safe", she said. Watched them for nearly 10 years.

That's because of the higher fat content of whole fat dairy.

"Ideally, the PURE study group should consider another analysis in 5 to 10 years to confirm the findings of this initial analysis or, at the very least, should do an age-stratified analysis rather than an adjustment for age alone", write Louie and Rangan.

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