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A new Swedish study shows that dairy foods can help to protect your heart. Although dairy foods are a source of saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease, new research shows that they can actually help benefit your heart. Dairy can even help lower your blood pressure and reduce your cholesterol!
According to the American Heart Association‘s Heart Attack Risk Calculator,
A normal-weight 60-year-old man with no risk factors for heart disease (such as smoking or diabetes) has a 6 percent risk of dying over the next 10 years; the current study suggests, therefore, that if this hypothetical man ate lots of dairy food, he would reduce his risk by about half a percent. For a woman, or someone at higher risk of a heart attack, the benefit would be larger.”
The research results showed that those with higher levels of dairy fat actually have a lower chance of suffering a heart attack. This is due to the fact that dairy contains beneficial substances such as, calcium, vitamin D and potassium, which are known to increase your levels of “good” HDL cholesterol.
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