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Dairy Fat Good For the Heart

Study Claims Dairy Fat Is Good For Heart

I can't remember the last time I had whole milk, or even yogurt that wasn't skim. Since dairy products are a huge source of saturated fat, I usually save my full-fat dairy indulgences for cheese and ice cream. But a new study is challenging my presumptions and suggesting that dairy fat might actually be a good thing. The study's results show that having higher levels of milk fat in the body may lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol levels, or decrease the chances of a heart attack.

A team of doctors in Sweden looked at the levels of dairy fat in just under 1,000 individuals that researchers divided into two groups — heart attack patients and otherwise healthy people. What they found was that participants who had the highest levels of milk fat were actually at a lower risk of developing heart disease — for women the risk decreased by 26 percent. The study also suggests that eating more full-fat dairy may actually help us live longer lives.

Before you go crazy in the cheese section of your market, keep in mind this is an early study. From here, doctors are going to determine how much credit can be given to the attributes of dairy fat vs. lifestyle factors. For now, continue to get about 30 percent of your daily calories from fat, and limit your intake of saturated fats.

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northen123 northen123 7 years
Anon: typical. I definitely don't trust this 'research'!
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
^^^ That is EXACTLY what I suspected. *shakes head*
hellojello hellojello 7 years
I agree Spectra, this correlation does not tell us much. They would need to control for the amount of Vitamin D3, calcium, magnesium, etc. to really be able to tell us if dairy fat (which has a specific fatty acid profile depending on the animal source) is the cause of this lowered rate of heart disease. Also, if the healthy group consumed a lot of plain yogurt which is cultured using good bacteria or probiotics, maybe this had something to do with it.
danakscully64 danakscully64 7 years
I don't trust these studies, who really knows who funded them.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I will take this study with a grain of salt for now. Did they measure the amount of other fats that the study groups ate? Also, I'm wondering if the other compounds in the dairy products (the vitamin D, calcium, potassium, etc.) contributed more to the lowered heart attack risk than just the level of dairy fat consumed. I would probably continue to eat dairy like I normally do...I eat small amounts of the real dairy fat instead of transfat substitutes that are known to be bad for you.
pixiedusk pixiedusk 7 years
before, i was told that ill have a hard time conceiving... i read somewhere that full cream milk helps... now im almost due! MILK is the new black hehe
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