Study finds higher dairy fat intake can lower cardiovascular risk
Sydney, Australia - September 26, ANI : A new study, amongst some of the world's biggest consumers of dairy foods, has shown that those with higher intakes of dairy fat had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those with low intakes.The findings of the study were published in the journal 'PLOS Medicine'.Higher intakes of dairy fat were not associated with an increased risk of death.Researchers combined the results of this study in just over 4,000 Swedish adults with those from 17 similar studies in other countries, creating the most comprehensive evidence to date on the relationship between this more objective measure of dairy fat consumption, risk of cardiovascular disease, CVD, and death.Dr Matti Marklund from The George Institute for Global Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Uppsala University said that with dairy consumption on the rise worldwide, a better understanding of the health impact was needed."Many studies have relied on people being able to remember and record the amounts and types of dairy foods they've eaten, which is especially difficult given that dairy is commonly used in a variety of foods," Dr Marklund said."Instead, we measured blood levels of certain fatty acids, or fat 'building blocks' that are found in dairy foods, which gives a more objective measure of dairy fat intake that doesn't rely on memory or the quality of food databases," Dr Marklund added."We found those with the highest levels actually had the lowest risk of CVD. These relationships are highly interesting, but we need further studies to better understand the full health impact of dairy fats and dairy foods," Dr Marklund explained.Dairy and dairy product consumption in Sweden is among the highest worldwide.An international collaboration between researchers in Sweden, the US and Australia assessed dairy fat consumption in 4150 Swedish 60-year-olds by measuring blood levels of a particular fatty acid that is mainly found in dairy foods and therefore can be used to reflect the intake of dairy fat.