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The milky way for good heart health

Posted:  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Looking for a heart healthy diet? Then ensure that you include small amounts of dairy foods in your daily diet.

A recent study has found that consuming about 5 servings of dairy foods spread over a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

The study showed that increased dairy food consumption was associated with lower risks of mortality from cardiovascular disease (CVD), more importantly stroke. According to the study published in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, to gain such benefits, one needs to eat only small amounts of dairy foods such as milk and cheese on a daily basis.

The two decade long study analysed the effects of dairy food consumption on health and longevity among 4000 Taiwanese subjects. The researchers found that individuals who consumed dairy foods 3-7 times a week were more likely to survive an adverse cardiac event as compared to those who ate no dairy foods. They also found that those who did not consume any dairy product, a common practice among the Taiwanese population, reported higher blood pressure, higher body mass index and higher body adiposity as compared to those who did.

According to the researchers, the broad spectrum of nutrients contained in milk and other dairy foods could confer protection against heart disease. The consumption of small amounts of dairy products daily (about five servings over a week) is all that is needed for good heart health. A serving is equivalent to 8 grams of protein - this translates to a cup of milk or 45 grams of cheese. Such small amounts can be consumed by lactose intolerant people as well. “A little is beneficial and a lot is unnecessary," said researcher Professor Mark Wahlqvist

A serving is equivalent to 8 grams of protein which translates to a cup of milk or 45 grams of cheese. The researchers also mention that such small amounts can also be tolerated by lactose intolerant individuals.

The prevalence of cardiovascular diseases is on the rise. To combat this one must include a variety of food groups and an exercise regime. As suggested by this study, incorporating small manageable portions of dairy products in the diet on a daily basis can indeed infuse not just flavor but also health in life.

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