by Julia Westbrook
High in fat, dairy has gotten a bad rap lately, but these experts share why you shouldn’t shy away from it.
Get it out of your head that dairy is a one-trick pony. Yes, this calcium-rich food group is the poster child for strong bones and healthy teeth, but dairy can do so much more for your health. (Just be sure you choose milk from grass-fed, organic cows. Organic milk has been scientifically proven to be much better for you.)
Hug Your Heart
Your heart loves dairy, according to research from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Studying 4,000 Taiwanese individuals, the researchers found that daily consumption of dairy helped optimize heart health. “We observed that increased dairy consumption meant lower risks of mortality from cardiovascular disease, especially stroke, but found no significant association with the risk of cancer,” says Mark Wahlqvist, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and preventive medicine at Monash.
“Those who ate no dairy had higher blood pressure, higher body mass index, and greater body fatness generally than other groups,” Dr. Wahlqvist says. “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.” Read Full Article »