More dairy in MedDiet? ‘Yes please!’

Published - January 27, 2019 12:02 am IST

A dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease, and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet, says a study in Australia. Cardiovascular disease takes the lives of 17.9 million people every year, representing 31% of all global deaths. Low-fat diets are often recommended as suitable food plans for those seeking to reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet, or MedDiet, has been shown to deliver significant health benefits. A typical MedDiet includes extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, wholegrain breads, pastas and cereals, moderate consumption of fish and red wine, and low consumption of red meat, sweet and processed foods. It also includes 1-2 servings of dairy foods (700-820mg calcium). The new study says more dairy is better. The findings appear in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition .

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