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Eating cheese does not raise risk of heart attack or stroke, study finds

Consumption of even full-fat dairy products does not increase risk, international team of experts say

By Denis Campbell  /  The Guardian

Pregnant women who drank too little milk could be increasing the risk of their child having neuro-developmental difficulties, which could affect their cognitive abilities and stunt their growth, Givens added.

The most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey, the government’s occasional snapshot of eating habits, found that dairy products, including butter, accounted for the highest proportion of saturated fat consumption in British diets — 27 percent, compared with meat’s 24 percent. But if butter was not counted then dairy products together were the second largest source of saturated fat, at 22 percent.

Saturated fat is a vital part of diet. The NDNS found that adults typically got 34.6 percent of their total energy from fats as a whole, just below the 35 percent the government recommends. However, while total fat consumption was just within target, saturated fats still made up an unhealthily large proportion of total food energy — 12.6 percent, against the recommended maximum of 11 percent.

Givens said: “Our meta-analysis included an unusually large number of participants. We are confident that our results are robust and accurate.”

The research was part-funded by the three pro-dairy groups — Global Dairy Platform, Dairy Research Institute and Dairy Australia — but they had no influence over it, the paper said. Givens is an adviser to the Food Standards Agency.

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