A follow up study carried out by scientists at the University of Bristol and Australia’s Queensland Institute of Medical Research, published in Heart, has shown that children that consume more dairy products, such as milk and cheese, show lower risk from heart disease and stroke later on in life. Even though dairy products contain a lot of fat, and can potentially increase cholesterol levels, long term health is in fact much better amongst those that had a lot of milk and cheese when in childhood. The 65-year follow up of a study into the eating habits of families carried out in the 1930s found that dairy products and diet high in calcium made a difference to how long people lived. This is further proof that the low fat diets that so many people preach, for health and weight loss, are just not based on any strong facts. Consuming fats is not always bad for us. Dr. Atkins was a great believer in eating a natural diet rich in fats and proteins. This studies also follows on from research that showed that the fats found in margarine can actually cause bowel cancer. The proof that unnatural diets, with high carbohydrate and sugar, and low in fat, are not actually doing us as much good as we all thought. In the study, families that consumed a lot of milk managed to cut mortality by 25%. Just half a pint of milk everyday could cut stroke by 60% Not a lot of dairy is required to you to consume the daily recommended portion, just: 200ml glass of milk (About 1/3 pint). A pot of yogurt. A small piece of cheese.
“Children whose family diet in the 1930s was high in calcium were at reduced risk of death from stroke. Furthermore, childhood diets rich in dairy or calcium were associated with lower all-cause mortality in adulthood. Replication in other study populations is needed because other factors, such as socioeconomic differences, explains part of these findings.” Professor Richard Martin, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bristol However, Joanne Murphy of The Stroke Association still advocates the low fat, high sugar approach to diet: “This is an interesting study, but we need to take a further look to really assess the benefits of milk in reducing the chances of dying from stroke. In the meantime, we advise parents to opt for a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat and salt for the overall health of their children.” Joanne Murphy, The Stroke Association, 2009. The jury is still out concerning the link between cancer and dairy, as studies have proved inconclusive. Some studies have seen a decrease in cancer, and some an increase.The most important thing to remember is to have a well balanced diet, and this must include a healthy levels of fats from dairy as well as meat, fish, nuts and seeds. news from motleyhealth.com
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