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New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products

New research could banish guilty feeling for consuming whole dairy products

Having seen the occasion recommendations to avoid dairy food in responses about diet, these two items in today's news attracted my attention.

"Enjoying full-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and butter is unlikely to send people to an early grave, according to new research by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

The study, published today in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no significant link between dairy fats and cause of death or, more specifically, heart disease and stroke -- two of the country's biggest killers often associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat may help guard against having a severe stroke, the researchers reported."

sciencedaily.com/releases/2...

While not specific to CLL, the study does cover demographics that strongly overlap that of people with CLL: "Nearly 3,000 adults age 65 years and older were included in the study, which measured plasma levels of three different fatty acids found in dairy products at the beginning in 1992 and again at six and 13 years later.

None of the fatty acid types were significantly associated with total mortality. In fact one type was linked to lower cardiovascular disease deaths. People with higher fatty acid levels, suggesting higher consumption of whole-fat dairy products, had a 42 percent lower risk of dying from stroke." (My emphasis)

And from today's The Conversation: We ask five experts, Is cheese bad for you?

theconversation.com/we-aske...

As is highlighted in the comments to the above article, there may well be ethical reasons for avoiding dairy products, but it appears from recent research that health factors shouldn't be a concern.

Neil

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Was this research Funded by dairy industry?

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Per the referenced article, the 22 year study was funded by the USA's National Institutes of Health.

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Swiss, Brie, Gruyere, Sharp cheddar, Gouda, yuuuummmm. Thanks for the good news! ❤️🧀

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YES YES YES👍

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I cut out dairy as much as possible for ethical reasons. The dairy and egg businesses are based on some pretty horrific animal abuse!

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Buy organic milk, cheese, etc.

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Organic does not eliminate the abuse. Probably healthier for the people eating it if it is truly organic.

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They do not feed their cows growth hormones or give them antibiotics, and they are grass fed. As far as the chickens.......they are free range from our neighbor who has 250 acres of land, and a beautiful chicken coop they go into at night and where their nests are. So, I don't see the abuse at all!!!

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Whoop!

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I encourage you to take a look at Dr. Michael Greger's video on "Trans Fat in Meat and Dairy," at nutritionfacts.org/video/tr...

Once on his site, you can view his long list of informative videos on a wide range of nutritional studies, including many more on animal products. Warning: it can become addictive as you go down Alice's rabbit hole and begin exploring all the paths and options. Having signed up, I receive his latest blog in the mail when it comes out.

Dr. Greger has been my nutrition guru since I first saw his presentation at a Vegetarian conference in Boston 20 years ago. I find it helpful that he scans research on a given topic and condenses the salient points in a succinct and interesting manner. One could say that he is biased, because he believes strongly in a plant-based diet. On the other hand, the data he presents is hard to refute -- and he approaches it from a passion to promote health rather than some organization's desire to sell products.

I type this as I'm eating my gazpacho salad made from cut up cukes, tomatoes, and peppers picked in my garden yesterday, with some chickpeas tossed in for protein, and sumac, Aleppo pepper and balsamic vinegar for kick. It is soooooooooo refreshing, hydrating, and tasty on a hot, muggy day.

Happy and healthy eating!

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May I ask the vintage of the findings please?

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I appreciate posts/articles like this, that further confirm my "latest" approach to eating, which is I basically eat it all!

I mean, I became very frustrated trying to find "the right foods" and realizing even the so called healthy ones were giving me problems, and so now I "play it by ear" and eat what I think I can handle each day.

So, definitely back on dairy, but I do still try to change it up, where I don't abuse any particular food; some days I do real milk and some I do pea protein "milk" and so, maybe changing it around and eating a little bit of everything has my tummy feeling better, (rather than the stress of trying to avoid entire food groups and being left with nothing on my plate..lol!).

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I never avoided dairy products. I buy the organic milk, cheese, yogurt and the eggs we eat a few times a week we get from our neighbor who has about 2 dozen chickens and great tasting eggs with beautiful big orange yolks and whites that don't run when you break them into the pan......that's how you know they're fresh! My cholesterol is fine. I tried drinking the 1%, 3% milk years and years ago and I thought it tasted like chalk water, so I stopped drinking milk then for a time. Went back to whole milk but organic and never left. I couldn't live without a grilled cheese sandwich at least once a week!

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Added sugar is the enemy, if you can avoid anything, even bread that has added sugar after a few days you will feel very different, but don’t be surprised if you get withdrawal symptoms 😀. If you want something sweet have fruit as the fibre of the fruit greatly reduce any sugary impact. Try it if you can , I managed 3 months , which made a huge difference 😀

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