Eating dairy products linked to lower death rates

  • Eating dairy products linked to lower death rates

Eating dairy products linked to lower death rates

So this finding, and similar findings suggesting dairy and saturated fat don't easily fit into "good food/bad food" boxes, is no license to disregard current nutrition guidelines - a conclusion emphasised in a linked comment for The Lancet. But those who ate less than 0.5 servings of dairy had a total mortality rate of 44.4 percent, and a risk of cardiovascular disease at 5 percent.

Researchers analyzed data on 136,384 people between age 35 and 70 collected between January 2003 and July 2018. "The study's authors conclude: ".consumption of dairy products should not be discouraged and perhaps even be encouraged in low-income and middle-income countries where dairy consumption is low".

Dehghan and her co-authors note that the long-standing recommendation to consume low-fat dairy rests on concern over saturated fat, which has always been vilified for its links to cardiovascular disease.

"It is probably wise and beneficial to be sure you're including dairy in that overall heart-healthy dietary pattern, but we would continue to recommend that you make lower fat selections in the dairy products", Carson told MedPage Today regarding the study, with which she was not involved.

She said: 'If you have issues digesting dairy products, before completely cutting them out of your diet, seek professional help and they can test if you have any dairy allergies and if you are lactose intolerance.

Dairy consumption was highest in Europe and North America, where respondents typically consumed more than four servings per day and lowest in south and southeast Asia, China and Africa, the findings show.

To TCTMD, Dehghan stressed that PURE is the first multinational study that includes low- and middle-income countries looking at the association between dairy consumption and clinical outcomes.

That study found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke - two of the biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat.

Notably, consuming more saturated fat from dairy did not significantly impact the composite outcome, total mortality, or major cardiovascular disease.

The PURE study has been controversial for a wide range of findings contravening conventional dietary advice, from salt to vegetable intake.

Currently, the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020 recommends no more than three servings of dairy a day and advises to choose fat-free and low-fat options. But although the study found a benefit from consuming dairy products generally, when the scientists looked at specific types of dairy products, they found that intake of cheese or butter was not associated with any health benefits, whereas consuming at least one serving of milk or yoghurt was linked with better outcomes.


"Consumption of dairy products, should not be discouraged and perhaps even be encouraged in low and middle-income countries where dairy consumption is low."


Earlier this year the Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) published a consultation on saturated fat, which is part of a process of regularly assessing available evidence to see if guidelines should change. "Therefore, when you're focusing on low-fat dairy, we're scaring people about the harms".

But in doing so, they are missing out on other important nutrients that dairy provides, such as amino acids, vitamins and minerals, she added. "Three servings is moderate consumption, and moderate consumption is beneficial". Eating two to three portions of calcium-rich foods a day are the recommendations for a healthy adult.

A new research challenges the widely held belief that those who consume less full fat are at higher risk of heart disease. "Similarly, people shouldn't take the results too excess and eat as much dairy as they like".

The findings are consistent with previous meta-analyses of observational studies and randomised trials, according to the researchers.