A diet rich in cheese and yoghurt may not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research that challenges the widely held belief that dairy products can damage health.
"This latest analysis provides further evidence that a diet that is high in dairy foods is not necessarily damaging to health," said Jing Guo, a nutrition scientist at the University of Reading."The number of participants in particular gives us a really clear global picture of the neutral association of dairy on heart disease risk," said Guo.
It also provides "some indications about the potentially beneficial effect of fermented dairy on heart health, although further studies are needed to confirm this," said Guo. The research supports previous findings that dairy foods, such as milk, cheese and yoghurts, can be part of a healthy, balanced diet.