Eating whole milk or cheese twice a day may reduce the risk of heart disease, a new study suggests
- Two servings of full-fat dairy products can lower your risk of heart disease
- Foods like yogurt and milk can reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity
- The study was conducted by scientists at McMaster University in Canada
For years, experts urged adults to skip whole milk and cheese to stay healthy.
Now it seems that these foods are not only delicious but also good for you.
Research shows that two servings of full-fat dairy products per day can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) – the medical term for diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
According to research at McMaster University in Canada, two servings of full-fat dairy products per day may lower heart disease risk
Scientists at McMaster University in Canada looked at a study of approximately 140,000 people from 21 countries conducted over nine years and used questionnaires to assess their diet for a year.
A serving of milk or cup of yogurt was 244 g, a slice of cheese 15 g, and butter 5 g.
In a BMJ journal, the researchers wrote, “A higher intake of whole (but not low-fat) dairy was associated with a lower prevalence of MetS.”
Portions of yogurt (left) or a serving of whole milk (right) can help reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS), which is associated with diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure
Cheese (photo) and butter are other examples of full-fat foods that may improve your health, according to the research
This adds to growing evidence for unchanged whole fat foods.
The authors of the report hope their findings will help inform global health initiatives to address serious health problems.
Study author Balaji Bhavadharini said: ‘We report that intake of dairy products, especially full-fat products, is associated with a lower prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and its individual components at baseline, and a lower risk of hypertension and diabetes during follow-up .
“If our findings are confirmed in sufficiently large and long-term studies, increasing dairy consumption could be a viable and inexpensive approach to reducing metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, and ultimately cardiovascular disease worldwide.”