What a friend we have in cheeses

New research finds much to love about milk.

A daily dose of dairy may help you live longer, according to new research.

A study conducted by researchers at Australia’s Monash University suggests that a small serving of dairy food each day may reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke, even in communities that don’t usually have milk on the menu.

Mark Wahlqvist, Emeritus Professor at Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Monash Asia Institute, led the study, which looked at the role the increased consumption of dairy products had on improvements in health and longevity among 4,000 Taiwanese people.

“In a dominantly Chinese food culture, unaccustomed to dairy foods, consuming them up to seven times a week does not increase mortality and may have favorable effects on stroke,” Professor Wahlqvist said in a university release.

The study was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition and noted on sciencedaily.com.

“We observed that increased dairy consumption meant lower risks of mortality from cardiovascular disease, especially stroke,” Wahlqvist said.

“Those who ate no dairy had higher blood pressure, higher body mass index and greater body fatness generally than other groups. But Taiwanese who included dairy food in their diet only three to seven times a week were more likely to survive than those who ate none,” he said.
The study suggested that the key to obtaining the benefits of dairy was the daily consumption of a serving equal to one cup of milk. If you’re going to commit to a daily milk habit, you might want to make sure it comes from a grass-fed cow. A study from the Harvard School for Public Health found that milk from cows who mowed meadows has more heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acid than milk from conventional cows.

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