Milk does a body good

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 14, 2018

A new study in the Lancet finds that milk really does a body good.

The high intake group, which had an average of three servings per day, was found to have lower rates of death due to cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular causes, heart disease and stroke compared to the no intake group.

Results revealed that persons who had around three portions of dairy daily had a lower risk of death and reduced risk of getting cardiovascular disease and stroke compared to the group that did not consume dairy products at all.

"Our study suggests that consumption of dairy products should not be discouraged and perhaps should even be encouraged in low-income and middle-income countries where dairy consumption is low", they concluded.

A large global study has found that people who consume full-fat dairy have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality than those who do not.

"If you have a good balance with fruits and vegetables and whole grains and a lot of the unsaturated fats... then having the whole fat and fat from dairy isn't going to be a problem", registered dietitian Alissa Rumsey said.

The subjects completed questionnaires on their dairy intake. The total mortality risk stands at 5.4 percent for those with a low intake of dairy, compared to 3.4 percent for those with a high intake. What's more full-fat options may improve health outcomes.

They continue, "the results from the PURE study seem to suggest that dairy intake, especially whole-fat dairy, might be beneficial for preventing deaths and major cardiovascular disease".

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

Dr, Ian Givens, Professor of Food Chain Nutrition at Reading University, who was not involved in the study, told Newsweek: "The study will add to the suggestion that dietary guidelines should consider foods as well as nutrients".

For starters, dairy wasn't bad yesterday - the Australian Dietary Guidelines now prescribe 2.5 daily serves of "milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives (mostly reduced fat)", and they're based in slow-moving-but-solid science.

If you are health conscious and swear by skimmed milk, here's a shocker.

The recommendation to consume low-fat dairy is based on the presumed harms of saturated fats on a single cardiovascular risk marker (LDL cholesterol). "The risk of stroke was markedly lower with higher consumption of dairy".

"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. "Our study is an observational study and we report association between exposure and outcome we can not prove any causality", emphasized Dehghan.

But some experts said the latest study should not trigger an immediate change in dietary guidelines.

Dehghan pointed out that individuals in some countries-Sweden, for example-already consume plenty of dairy and said they are not encouraging people from these countries to eat more yogurt, milk, or cheese.

For years, specialists like advised low-corpulent dairy merchandise over the fleshy-corpulent versions, that are larger in energy and have confidence extra saturated corpulent. "We're saying moderate consumption, regardless of fat, is safe", she said. Moreover, they suggest that follow-up of 9 years is relatively short, particularly given that entry criteria for the study included those as young as 35 years old, most of whom would have been quite healthy at the time of enrollment.

The findings are consistent with previous meta-analyses of observational studies and randomised trials, according to the researchers.

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