Does dairy have an effect on the health of heart and blood vessels?

Health authorities advises to consume skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and dairy products, because of the energy and saturated fat content. Recent scientific research shows that the relationship between milk and heart and blood vessels seems to be more complex than previously assumed.

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All over the world milk and products made from milk are part of the dietary recommendations. Milk-fat consist of two-third saturated fat. Replacing saturated fat in the diet by unsaturated fat is recommended for a healthy cholesterol level and maintaining a healthy heart and blood vessels.

However, milk consist of more than saturated fat. Recent scientific research indicates that a regular intake of milk and milk products has a neutral effect on the health of heart and blood vessels. The relationship between milk, and products made from milk, and cardiovascular health seems to be more complex than previously assumed.

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