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Dairy Intake Does Not Increase Risk Of Heart Attack

May 5, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
U.S. researchers who analyzed health data from 3,630 Costa Rican adults found that the amount of dairy products consumed did not correlate with heart attack risk. The men and women studied were participants in epidemiological research conducted between 1994 and 2004. They were divided into groups: those who had suffered nonfatal heart attacks and those who hadn’t. The researchers took into account their self-reported dairy intake and at measurements of dairy fat biomarkers in their bodies. They found that the dairy intake of people who had suffered heart attacks was not statistically different than the intake of the rest of the people. “It is possible that the adverse effect of saturated fat in dairy products on cardiovascular health is offset by presence of beneficial nutrients,” the authors concluded.
S. Aslibekyan, et al., "Biomarkers of dairy intake and the risk of heart disease", Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, May 05, 2011, © Elsevier B.V.
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