Nutrition, The Nutrition Edge

You don’t have to feel guilty about eating dairy products

All you lovers of dairy products, take heart.

Consuming cheese, milk and yogurt – even full-fat versions – does not increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, new research reported in the English newspaper The Guardian shows.

The research challenges the widely held belief that dairy products can damage your health. The findings, from an international team of experts, contradict the view that dairy products can be harmful because of their high saturated fat.

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The results of the new study come from a new meta-analysis of 29 previous studies regarding whether dairy products increase the risk of death from any cause and from serious heart problems or cardiovascular disease. The study concluded that such products did not raise the risk of any of those events and had a “neutral” impact on your health.

Ian Givens, a professor of food chain nutrition at University of Reading in England, who was one of the researchers, said: “There’s quite a widespread but mistaken belief among the public that dairy products in general can be bad for you, but that’s a misconception. While it is a widely held belief, our research shows that that’s wrong.

“There’s been a lot of publicity over the last five to 10 years about how saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and a belief has grown up that they must increase the risk, but they don’t,” Givens said.

However, many health experts still urge consumers to continue to exercise caution about eating too many products high in saturated fat and to stick to low-fat versions instead.

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