Dairy Products Don't Harm the Heart
Prefer to skip the skim and reach for whole milk instead? Maybe you can. A new analysis of existing research suggests the saturated fat found in dairy products—cheese, milk, yogurt—doesn’t increase the risk for heart disease as commonly believed.
This recent analysis—the largest to date—involved nearly one million people and more than 93,000 deaths over a 35-year period. The results, which were reported in the European Journal of Epidemiology, showed no association between high-fat or low-fat dairy products and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease or death.
According to researchers, dairy intake has a “neutral” impact on heart health, as well as overall health. The findings confirm earlier studies indicating foods like cheese, milk, and yogurt can be part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
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