For years, doctors have claimed the heart-healthy benefits of dairy products. This study showed higher consumption of dairy (more than two servings per day compared to half a serving) was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, stroke and major cardiovascular. So why is dairy so beneficial for heart health?

Meeting nutritional needs with dairy

A number of dietary studies recommend the consumption of various nutrient-rich dairy foods. The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests styles of eating such as Mediterranean, MyPlate, and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). All of these incorporate healthy amounts of dairy foods.

Hypertension affects nearly one-third of American adults. This is a major risk factor for heart disease. Dairy products provide nutrients that help combat high blood pressure, like vitamin D, calcium, potassium and phosphorus. A recent study showed regular yogurt consumption (2 cups per week) was associated with a lower risk of heart disease in adults with high blood pressure.

Dairy as a healthy fat source

Milkfat and products containing milkfat, such as whole milk, effect heart health differently than foods with other sources of fat. Science is changing what we know about the role of saturated fat from dairy foods. Looking at the overall picture, higher consumption of dairy foods plays an important role in maintaining overall health – especially when it comes to the heart.

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