Milk Might Help Lower Rates of Heart Disease, Stroke, and Death
Dairy is good for you—even if it’s not low fat. That’s the message from a study of 136,384 people ages 35 to 70 in 21 countries (but not the United States). Researchers used food questionnaires to assess dairy intake and followed participants for about nine years. Compared with people who consumed no dairy, those who got more than two servings per day had lower rates of major heart disease, stroke, and death. While many nutritional guidelines recommend that people stick to low-fat dairy foods, similar benefits were seen for both high-fat and low-fat dairy consumption. (The study didn’t prove cause and effect, however.) Want to add more dairy into your diet? Keep in mind: One serving is about equal to 8 ounces of milk or yogurt, or about 1 1/2 ounces of cheese.
Source: The Lancet, published online Sept. 11, 2018