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Do Cheese and Cream Reduce Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk?

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The evidence is mixed at best.

Mercola.com made a claim that full-fat products reduce diabetes and heart disease risk. While these products have, in the past, been unfairly vilified, there is little evidence to support the benefits cited.

Origin and Prevalence

We found early examples of this claim in 2014, where an article asserts that people who ate eight portions a day of full fat dairy diet reduced their risk of diabetes and heart risk vs. those who did not have high dairy diets in their lives. The article references a study, but does not supply links back to it.

Issues and Analysis

Subsequent reporting links to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. While that article does relate to the claim it uses a novel methodology that is difficult to assess. Other articles provide counter evidence, showing a link between high-fat products and coronary heart disease. However, a survey of the literature in the well-respected publication Circulation concludes that while the evidence is mixed on the benefits of high fat products to health, there is little to no evidence that low-fat dairy products have beneficial effects.

So perhaps the lesson here is less about dairy fat consumption, and more about choices around type of dairy consumed. If you do eat dairy, and are choosing low-fat products due to health concerns, you might reconsider the choice. But it would not make sense, given the available evidence, to go out of your way to eat high-fat dairy based purely on health concerns.


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