Irish Independent - Health & Living - - SPECIAL -


What, cheese? Yes, cheese. There has been a lot of mis­in­for­ma­tion about dairy and heart health over the years. The rea­son for this mis­un­der­stand­ing is that re­search has been fo­cus­ing on small spe­cific nu­tri­ents like sat­u­rated fat and their im­pact on health. The as­sump­tion was that be­cause dairy of­ten con­tains sat­u­rated fats that it also in­creases the risk of heart dis­ease.

De­spite this as­sump­tion, most of the epi­demi­o­log­i­cal stud­ies have shown no neg­a­tive heart health out­comes if a per­son con­sumes dairy on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. In fact, dairy has shown in some cases to be car­dio-pro­tec­tive, or in sim­ple words, that it pro­tects the heart.

The ‘food ma­trix’ de­scribes a food in terms of both its struc­ture and its nu­tri­ent con­tent, and how these in­ter­act to­gether. This is more true to life as we do not eat nu­tri­ents in iso­la­tion but as foods, within meals usu­ally and cer­tainly as part of di­etary pat­tern. With

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