Consumption of dairy food reduced the risk of stroke

dairyA study released by Monash University revealed that consuming dairy may reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke especially in communities where such foods have not traditionally formed part of the diet. The study examined 4000 Taiwanese nationals some of who had never experienced dairy. Dairy products are known to provide a broad spectrum of nutrients essential for human health.

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

“We observed that increased dairy consumption meant lower risks of mortality from , especially stroke, but found no significant association with the risk of ,” Professor Wahlqvist said.

“Those who ate no dairy had higher blood pressure, higher and greater body fatness generally than other groups. But Taiwanese who included dairy in their diet only three to seven times a week were more likely to survive than those who ate none.”

The researchers recommend daily consumption of dairy foods at the rate of about five servings over a week for the most optimal results. One serving is the equivalent to eight grams of protein: a cup of , or 45 grams of .

Source

Monash University. “A heart-felt need for dairy : Small serving beneficial, large not necessary.”

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