CITY OF MEXICO.
If there is something that prevents us from eating a huge mountain of cheese at every meal, it is the omnipresent idea that cheese is bad for health. For a long time, the powers that be, such as the official dietary guidelines published by the USDA and the saturated fat guidelines of the American Heart Association (AHA) tell us that Fats, especially the saturated fats found in whole milk products, are not healthy, and instead we should choose low fat options. But the results of a new study are directly opposed to that information and give hope to cheese addicts around the world.
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The study, published earlier this month by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found no connection between regular consumption of cheese, whole milk and other whole milk products and an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death
The study continued for more than two decades to a group of almost 3,000 adults under 65 years of age who did not suffer from any cardiovascular disease, following up on their health at six, 13 and 22 years of age. It was found that dairy lovers in the group, identified by the concentrations of fatty acids present in their blood, were no more likely to face adverse health effects than their non-dairy counterparts.
"Our findings are not only support, but significantly strengthen, the growing evidence suggesting that milk fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase the risk of heart disease or overall mortality in older adults, "said Marcia Otto, leader of the study and badistant professor in the School of Public Health of the University of Texas.
Like Michelle Allison -the self-proclaimed " Fat Nutritionist ", a registered dietitian and advocate of flexible diets, not excessively restrictive- notes, the results of the study are convincing.
"The conclusion is quite bady: eat saturated fats of products l "I think that, like many people, I am interested in ANY research that says that eating whole milk does not seem to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, since ice cream, cheese and whole milk are extremely tasty, and they are also culturally significant foods that they are deeply rooted in the lives of many people. "
Allison highlighted some strengths of the study, including the fact that the authors measured the circulating fatty acids in the participants' blood rather than simply asking them how much milk they consumed.
"It can be difficult for people to remember exactly what they ate, or they could lie to not be judged by what they eat," he said. "So actually measuring multiple markers of those foods in people's blood, and measuring them repeatedly, not just at the beginning of the study, is a gain for precision."
On the other hand, Allison said, there were also some weaknesses in the study. He explained that it was a prospective study instead of a controlled trial, which means that instead of rigorously controlling the diet of the participants by feeding them a certain amount of whole milk and measuring the results, the study authors simply allowed them to continue with their normal eating patterns.
"Prospective studies are good when you need to measure something -as a long-term risk to health- that only develops over the years and decades, and are also useful for to study how things happen in a real way in people's lives and not in a controlled laboratory, "he said. "But that also means that studies like this can not show causal relationships between two things – like eating milk fat and having a heart attack – in the same way that controlled trials can."
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In the scientific aspect, the findings of the study are consistent with the growing evidence that ideas about low-fat diets that we sold in the 90s and after, do not really help our health and, rather, can damage it . The traditional foods high in fat and cholesterol enjoyed by our grandparents – such as butter, egg yolks and red meat – actually provide us with a number of benefits that low-fat substitutes do not offer. In fact, high-carbohydrate diets that people generally adhere to when they are avoiding fats can wreak havoc on blood sugar and insulin levels, which often leads to diabetes and heart disease .
Although the new study provides additional support for us to abandon low-fat diets, calories and fun-burgers for everyone! – "Allison says that health is a complicated issue that can not be determined by choosing a diet on another.
"It is not just food that helps or harms our health: it is food and a million other things combined, and it can be something impossible to decipher," he said. "Your body belongs to you and you are who should live with your choices. If you like dairy, you can eat them. If you do not like them, or your body does not badimilate them, it is not necessary that you eat them. Nobody needs a study to have permission to eat a certain food. "
We agree, now excuse us while we go to the refrigerator for eat a delicious cheese ball . Good food and good health! 
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