Drinking Dairy Milk May Lower Cholesterol Levels

A new study, conducted by researchers from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom, finds that people drinking dairy milk have lower levels of both types of cholesterol and a lower risk of coronary heart disease compared to people who do not drink milk.Drinking Dairy Milk May Lower Cholesterol Levels

For their study, a team of researchers completed a meta-analysis of three surveys that included more than 400,000 persons.

Lead researchers Vimal Karani, a professor of nutrigenetics and nutrigenomics at the University of Reading: “We found that among participants with a genetic variation that we associated with higher milk intake, they had higher BMI [and] body fat, but importantly had lower levels of good and bad cholesterol. We also found that those with the genetic variation had a significantly lower risk of coronary heart disease. All of this suggests that reducing the intake of milk might not be necessary for preventing cardiovascular diseases.”

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