Study suggests higher dairy fat intake lowers cardiovascular risk

A new study has shown that people with higher consumption of dairy fat have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those with low intakes. The study was conducted in Sweden which is known for the biggest consumption of dairy products. It was done by measuring blood levels of a particular fatty acid mainly contained in dairy products and found that those who are consuming the dairy fat had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Scientists studied the dairy fat consumption of 4,150 60-year-olds in Sweden and the findings were published in the journal ‘PLOS Medicine’. Experts followed a specific group for an average of 16 years to observe how many had heart attacks, strokes, and how many dies. Researchers also combined the results of this study with those from 17 similar studies in other countries. The result showed that higher intakes of dairy fat were not associated with an increased risk of death.

“Our study found those with the highest levels actually had the lowest risk of CVD. These relationships are highly interesting, but we need further studies to better understand the full health impact of dairy fats and dairy foods,” Matti Marklund, senior researcher at the George Institute for Global Health in Sydney and joint senior author of the paper said.

Other known CVD risk factors include things like age, income, lifestyle, dietary habits, and other diseases but the intake of dairy fat never leads to any health problem or even life expectancy doesn’t matter in this case, experts say. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, cheese, and cottage cheese, are good sources of calcium, which helps maintain bone density and reduces the risk of fractures. They contain a wide range of vitamins and minerals, including calcium. These will help young children build bones and keep their teeth healthy.

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“It is important to remember that although dairy foods can be rich in saturated fat, they are also rich in many other nutrients and can be a part of a healthy diet. However, other fats like those found in seafood, nuts, and non-tropical vegetable oils can have greater health benefits than dairy fats,” one of the researchers said.