Dairy nutrition undervalued: trade body

By Noli Dinkovski

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Multiple studies suggest milk and dairy foods may play a neutral or protective role in heart health
Multiple studies suggest milk and dairy foods may play a neutral or protective role in heart health
The nutritional value of milk and dairy continues to be misunderstood and is often unfairly targeted in saturated-fat reduction campaigns, an industry-body nutritionist has claimed.

Evidence from recent multiple studies suggested that milk and dairy foods might play a neutral or protective role in long-term heart health, claimed Dr Anne Mullen, director of nutrition at The Dairy Council.

‘Nutrient array’ of dairy

The “nutrient array”​ of dairy is key to understanding its relationship with certain long-term health conditions, Mullen told delegates at the Food Matters Live show in London last November.

“It is often thought that milk and dairy play a part in cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes – but studies have shown otherwise,”​ she said.

“Sat-fat is actually an umbrella term to describe a family of individual saturated fatty acids. When we appreciate their true complexity, a different picture emerges,”​ Mullen added.

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