Eating Well

Whole Dairy Is Just Fine For Hearts

Go ahead, eat that cheese. Whole dairy products–cheese, milk and yogurt- do not increase the likelihood of stroke or heart disease, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. A university news release reports that the study, which included nearly 3,000 adults age 65 years and older and measured plasma levels of three different fatty acids found in dairy products at the beginning in 1992 and again at six and 13 years later, found that none of the fatty acid types were associated with mortality, and one type was linked to lower cardiovascular disease deaths. Remarkably, people with higher fatty acid levels, suggesting higher consumption of whole-fat dairy products, had a 42 percent lower risk of dying from stroke.

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