How a Daily Dose of Cheese, Butter or Milk May Help You Live Longer!

Despite popular belief, scientists at McMaster University found that consuming dairy on a daily basis may, in fact, help you live longer. This is great news for those of us who cannot seem to get enough of the cheesy stuff!

After analyzing the diets of more than 130,000 people in almost two dozen countries, scientists working on the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study discovered that eating the equivalent of one serving of full-fat milk or yogurt, a slice of cheese or a teaspoon of butter could benefit health. In another recent study done by the researchers at the European Society of Cardiology, it was found that those who consumed cheese daily had an 8 percent lower total mortality risk, and those who devoured any sort of dairy had a 2 percent lower total mortality risk.

Emer Delaney, spokesperson for British Dietetic Association, told Newsweek: “The results are really interesting as they support the use of full-fat dairy products in cardiovascular disease as opposed to low fat or fat-free, which current guidelines advise.” Prior to this study, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s dietary guidelines for 2015 to 2020 suggest eating fat-free or low-fat dairy products. The current recommendations on low-fat dairy products focus on the presumed harms of saturated fatty acids that make up LDL cholesterol, the bad cholesterol, as well as concerns about higher calories in higher fat foods. Come to find out, that is not necessarily true! One study, published in the academic medical journal The Annals of Internal Medicine, looked at the ways in which nearly 4,000 adults were affected by eating full-fat dairy, and found that whole-fat dairy consumption was strongly associated with both lower cholesterol levels and lower insulin resistance.

These new results are very important to the dairy industry as a whole because it could potentially change the guidelines for the average consumer’s recommended daily dairy intake. In addition to extending your life expectancy, milk has long been known to provide bone-strengthening nutrients, as well as aiding in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.

With all of these newfound benefits, grab that block of cheese, a glass of milk or stick of butter with pride and go ahead and satisfy your deepest dairy desires!