Health professionals and nutritionists have been telling people for decades that full-fat milk and cheese (as well as other dairy products such as yogurt) are bad for the heart. They were sure that the saturated fat in such products would clog coronary arteries. Many people listened to their warnings and started drinking skim milk and eating low-fat yogurt and cheese instead.
How Do Full-Fat Milk and Cheese Affect the Risk of Heart Disease?
A new meta-analysis published in the European Journal of Epidemiology suggests, however, that the advice to avoid full-fat milk and cheese may have been misguided. The authors analyzed data from 29 studies over the last 25 years. Nearly one million subjects participated in these trials.
No Link Between Full-Fat Dairy Products and Death from Heart Disease:
The investigators could find no link between the consumption of milk or dairy products and heart disease or death. It didn’t matter whether people consumed high- or low-fat dairy products. There was no increase in mortality.
The investigators even detected a slight trend towards a lower risk of heart attacks or strokes among people who consumed fermented dairy products such as kefir, yogurt, sour cream and cheese. Perhaps admonitions to avoid dairy products high in saturated fat will need to be reconsidered.
This is not the first study to show that people who eat butter, cheese or other full-fat dairy products live just as long as those who go the low-fat route. Research published in 2016 under the title “Is Butter Back?” showed no link between butter consumption and heart disease.