Medical science needs to make up it’s mind- one moment it’s say we should cut down and avoid dairy and milk products, the next, it’s saying that they’re not so bad. So which is it?
According to a report in the Guardian, a study carried out in low and middle-income countries show that in moderation, while cheese and milk do have saturated fat, they also might protect against heart disease and stroke.
That’s a big deal for Singaporeans given that every day 16 people die from cardiovascular disease– i.e. heart diseases and stroke.
Dr Mahshid Dehghan from McMaster University, Canada says: ” We encourage people who have very low dairy consumption to increase their consumption. Especially in low and middle income countries but also in very high income countries.”
Most folks avoid dairy because of the saturated fat that raises LDL cholesterol levels. But according to Dehghan, the nutrients in dairy, such as specific amino acids, unsaturated fats, vitamin K1 and K2, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
However, eating more than moderate amounts isn’t a good idea, obviously.
“We do not encourage people who have six to seven servings a day to increase their consumption,” said Dehghan. “The message of the study is moderation.”
The big question- so how much is enough?
The answer: one serving would be a 244g glass of milk or yoghurt, a 15g slice of cheese or a teaspoon of butter.
By Kelvin Tan, Editor for Men’s Health Singapore