Study shows that in­creas­ing in­take of meat, dairy pro­tects the heart

The Nation - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

Re: “Digest­ing the in­san­ity of a low carb diet”, Have Your Say, yes­ter­day.

I am sure Eric Bahrt is right to point out that fruit, grains and veg­eta­bles are bet­ter for our health than re­fined sugar and white flour.

How­ever, I have al­ways be­lieved that Mr Bahrt and his ve­gan/veg­e­tar­ian fel­low trav­ellers are on shakier ground when they warn of the sup­posed health risks aris­ing from con­sum­ing meat and dairy prod­ucts, and they might be in­ter­ested in a global study

con­ducted by McMaster Univer­sity in Canada, in which 220,000 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated. The re­sults showed that con­sum­ing twice the daily in­take of meat and dairy cur­rently rec­om­mended by health ex­perts ac­tu­ally re­duced the risk of early death by a re­mark­able 25 per cent. One of the in­ter­est­ing find­ings of the study was that the sat­u­rated fat in meat and dairy ap­pears to pro­tect the heart.

These find­ings are very good news, and although it is pru­dent to take all such sci­en­tific stud­ies with a pinch of salt, I never had any doubt that my diet was healthy and nour­ish­ing. By the way, I no­tice that lo­cally pro­duced milk here in Thai­land is about one third of the cost of al­mond milk im­ported from Aus­tralia. These trendy al­ter­na­tives to good hon­est food are fine for those who can af­ford them, but cows’ milk is the best op­tion, es­pe­cially for folks on mod­est in­comes.

Robin Grant

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