Milk may affect your heart differently than other dairy products, study says
When it comes to milk, cheese and butter, you can choose to consume them based on their taste or how they enhance a meal. However, you may also want to consider how each can help or harm your body. That’s because a new study found they’re different milk products products affect your the heart differently.
A study published in European Journal of Preventive Cardiology included looking at a cohort from the Western Norway B-vitamin Intervention Trial. During the analysis, 1,929 patients with an average age of 61.8 years and treated stable angina pectoris, those behind the study noted various aspects related to the participants’ health, lifestyle, medication use and diet, including dairy consumption.
After monitoring the patients, it was found that those who consumed more milk had a higher risk of stroke and death. Those who regularly ate butter also had a higher risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and death. However, patients who ate more cheese had a lower risk of AMI.
“I was actually somewhat surprised by this, especially since I’ve been encouraging clients to consider dairy and milk as part of their daily intake,” Catherine Gervacio, RDregistered dietitian and associate at Living Fitthe story Eat this, not that! “On the other hand, because dairy products and milk contain saturated fat and cholesterol, excessive consumption can lead to cardiovascular disease and puts CVD patients at greater risk of mortality and stroke.”
As for differences in dairy products, Gervacio notes that “the study did say that higher milk intake was associated with an increased risk of death and stroke, but more specific data about how much of the increased servings were consumed by study participants.”
“It has something to do with overconsumption where cholesterol and saturated fat build up in the body and cause CVD problems,” adds Gervacio.
“As far as butter and cheese go, butter is incredibly high in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol compared to cheese,” explains Gervacio. “In both 100 gram servings, butter has 51 grams of saturated fat, 3 grams of trans fat and 215 mg of cholesterol compared to cheddar cheese with 19 grams, 1 gram and 100 mg, respectively.
When it comes to what you need to be aware of when it comes to different dairy products, Gervacio points out that “it’s just important to know how much you should be eating and what type of dairy your body needs.” While this is key for everyone, she adds, it’s “especially true among people with heart disease, lipid problems, and other metabolic diseases.”
“Dairy products and milk should not be in a bad light. They provide huge health benefits, but knowing the right way to choose the type and amount according to a person’s profile can still improve overall health,” advises Gervacio.
Desirée O is a freelance writer covering lifestyle, food and nutrition news among other topics. Read more about Desirée
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