Scientists Tell Whether Dairy Products are Good for the Heart

The researchers assessed dairy fat intake among 4,150 Swedes aged 60 and older and measured the level of a particular fatty acid in the patient’s blood. If a person regularly consumes dairy products, he or she prevents cardiovascular disease.

According to scientists from the George Washington Institute of Global Health, the Hopkins School of Public Health, and Uppsala University (Sweden). At the same time, increased consumption of dairy fats is not associated with an increased risk of death.

The researchers assessed the consumption of dairy fats among 4,150 Swedes aged 60 years by measuring the level of a certain fatty acid in the patient’s blood. The subjects were followed for 16 years to determine the incidence of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious circulatory disorders. After statistically adjusting for factors such as age, income, lifestyle, eating habits, and other diseases, it turned out that high dairy consumption was associated with a low risk of cardiovascular disease.

These results contradict dietary recommendations that it is better to choose low-fat dairy products. 17 other studies involving almost 43 thousand people from the United States, Denmark, and the United Kingdom confirmed the data on the benefits and safety of dairy fats for the heart.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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