Saturated dairy fat consumption and heart disease

In summary, the study found that dairy consumption does not affect rates of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease.
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jim mcnamara
Jung Huo et al, 2017

European Journal of Epidemiology, 'Milk and dairy consumption and risk of cardiovascular
diseases and all-cause mortality: dose–response meta-analysis of prospective cohort

The takeaway is that saturated dairy fat consumption (butter, whole milk, and cream products)
do not affect rates of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease. This is a meta-anlaysis of 29 papers based on 939k study subjects.

In plain English, dairy fat (other than calories which may or may be not good for you) is NOT something to completely avoid in your diet.

This sounds completely contrary to what a lot of major players in this area have been stating for years. Some of them, like the Lipid Institute, are coming around to this newer point of view.
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What are your thoughts Jim? What is the difference in dairy saturated fat with other saturated fats? So I can eat a block of cheese now without concern, but prime rib is still a problem?
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It appears to be that saturated fat in general is not a major cause of CHD and CHV. I attended a lecture sponsored by the the people about a year ago. They think that most of problem is related to the ratio of (LDL creation) / (HDL creation). This is root cause of cholesterol molecules being parked in arteries where they do not belong. This ratio works back to polyunsaturated fatty acids balance in the diet (arachidonic acid, alpha-linolenic acid), exercise, fiber, a broad spectrum of plant nutrients, resistance training, and other lifestyle changes. Those fatty acids are more plant than animal based, e.g., cooking oils.

This is why they lipid people support a massive sea change - the use of statins proactively which would, they think, undo the LDL problem. And stop carping about fat in the diet. This is reasserted by the above study.

The whole good/bad thing is just awful with regard to diet. Lots of factors, and people want a simple 20 syllable sound bite for dietary guidance - and then do whatever they want anyway.
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Related to Saturated dairy fat consumption and heart disease

1. Does consuming saturated dairy fat increase the risk of heart disease?

There is evidence that consuming high amounts of saturated dairy fat can increase your risk of heart disease. Saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels, particularly LDL cholesterol, which is known as the "bad" cholesterol. High levels of LDL cholesterol have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

2. How much saturated dairy fat is safe to consume?

The American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fat intake to no more than 5-6% of your daily calorie intake. This equates to about 13 grams of saturated fat per day for a 2,000 calorie diet. It is important to also consider the source of the saturated fat, as some dairy products also contain beneficial nutrients and can be part of a healthy diet in moderation.

3. Are all dairy products high in saturated fat?

No, not all dairy products are high in saturated fat. Some dairy products, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese, contain less saturated fat than their full-fat counterparts. It is important to read nutrition labels to determine the amount of saturated fat in a particular dairy product.

4. Can consuming saturated dairy fat lead to other health problems besides heart disease?

Yes, consuming high amounts of saturated dairy fat has been linked to other health problems such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. It is important to maintain a balanced and varied diet to reduce the risk of these health issues.

5. Are there any healthy alternatives to consuming saturated dairy fat?

Yes, there are many healthy alternatives to consuming saturated dairy fat. You can opt for low-fat or fat-free dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, and cheese. Additionally, plant-based dairy alternatives, such as almond or soy milk, are also available. It is important to choose options that are low in saturated fat and also rich in other essential nutrients.

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