Eating Full-Fat Cheese Won't Raise Chance Of Heart Attack, Study Finds

From: Shovels Ready! ([email protected])

CBS Local — Pass the cheese, please. While it may not be the
healthiest thing in the world, a new study claims that full-fat
dairy products is not as bad as once thought. Eating full-fat
cheese, milk or yogurt does not increase the risk of a heart
attack or stroke, according to a study published in European
Journal of Epidemiology, via Guardian,

The study was an in-depth analysis of 29 prior studies that
looked at the link between dairy products and risk of
cardiovascular disease or heart problems. Their findings were
such that these dairy products have a “neutral” effect on those

“This meta-analysis showed there were no associations between
total dairy, high- and low-fat dairy, milk and the health
outcomes including all-cause mortality, coronary heart disease
or cardiovascular disease,” the report reads.

Experts from Europe coalesced for this research. A pair from
England, one from Denmark and one from the Netherlands were in
on the study.

“There’s quite a widespread but mistaken belief among the public
that dairy products in general can be bad for you, but that’s a
misconception,” said Ian Givens, one of the researchers. “While
it is a widely held belief, our research shows that that’s
wrong. There’s been a lot of publicity over the last five to 10
years about how saturated fats increase the risk of
cardiovascular disease and a belief has grown up that they must
increase the risk, but they don’t.”

The government, though, still suggests watching dairy

“Dairy products form an important part of a healthy balanced
diet; however, many are high in saturated fat and salt. We’re
all consuming too much of both, increasing our risk of heart
disease,” a spokesman for Public Health England told Guardian.
“We recommend choosing lower-fat varieties of milk and dairy
products or eating smaller amounts to reduce saturated fat and
salt in the diet.”

The researchers stand by their report.

“Our meta-analysis included an unusually large number of
participants,” said Givens. “We are confident that our results
are robust and accurate.”

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