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Reduce Metabolic Risk by Eating More Dairy Products

dairy-productsIn a new study, Canadian researchers followed the eating habits of healthy French-Canadians specific to dairy products, which contain minerals and calcium required for healthy bones. Currently, the dietary guidelines recommend a daily consumption of two to four portions of milk-based products to include milk, cheese, butter, cream, and yogurt.

According to the findings of this new study, risk of metabolic disease to include Type 2 Diabetes and obesity can be reduced by eating more dairy products. Researchers from Laval University and CHU de Quebec Research Center discovered that overall metabolic health could be linked to the consumption of milk-based foods, findings that were published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

The goal of the study was to identify any connection between dairy intake and specific metabolic risk factors to include plasma lipid profile, plasma glucose, inflammatory markers, anthropometric status, and blood pressure among a health population. In all, there were 254 participants with 233 of those being comprised of 105 men and 128 women who met the eligibility criteria of being healthy metabolically.

From the study, researchers determined the men consumed 2.5 portions of dairy daily while the women consumed 1.4 portions. After careful monitoring and analysis, the data suggested that trans-palmitoleic acid in plasma might be used as a biomarker to evaluate the consumption of dairy products. Typically, this acid is found in milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, and meat but the body cannot synthetize.

Recently, it was shown that this particular fatty acid possesses health promoting properties. From the current study, trans-palmitoleic acid level was associated with lower blood pressure in men and women but for men only, it helped reduce body weight.

For the participants of the study, dairy intake was linked to lower blood glucose, as well as blood pressure. According to Dr. Iwona Rudkowska, associate professor at Laval University and research scientist at the Endocrinology and Nephrology Department at CHU de Quebec Research Center, while this study indicates improved metabolic health by consuming milk-based products, to determine the degree of health improvement in both healthy and metabolically challenged individuals, intervention studies are required.

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