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Higher dairy intake is linked to lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death, finds study

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 11 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3862
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London, UK

People who consume more than two servings of dairy products each day have lower rates of cardiovascular disease and mortality than those with lower intakes, a global observational study has reported.1

“Our findings support that consumption of dairy products might be beneficial for mortality and cardiovascular disease, especially in low and middle income countries where dairy consumption is much lower than in North America or Europe,” said lead author Mahshid Dehghan, from McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Dietary guidelines currently recommend restricting consumption of whole fat dairy products because they contain saturated fats that are presumed to adversely affect lipid levels and increase cardiovascular risk. There is, however, limited evidence for this and the recommendation fails …

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