Dairy could help your heart

Dairy could be good for heart health


Medical Research
DRINK MILK: Three servings of dairy a day could keep the cardiologist away.

DRINK MILK: Three servings of dairy a day could keep the cardiologist away.

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Milk might be good for your heart - and may not cause phlegm.

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DAIRY isn’t just for your bones – it may be good for your ticker too.

A study published in The Lancet links dairy with lower rates of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Canada’s McMaster University studied the diets of 130,000 people across 21 countries. 

They found people who consumed three servings of whole fat dairy per day had lower rates of mortality and cardiovascular disease compared to those who consumed less than half a serve per day.

The authors said more research is needed into why dairy might be associated with lower heart disease risks.

 Does milk make you phlegmy?

Many people say drinking milk when you have a cold creates more phlegm – but is this really true?

London children’s doctor Ian Balfour-Lynn is out to bust the myth, saying there is no evidence to back up the claim.

“While certainly the texture of milk can make some people feel their mucus and saliva is thicker and harder to swallow, there is no evidence (and indeed evidence to the contrary) that milk leads to excessive mucus secretion,” he said.

Dr Balfour-Lynn believes the myth was started in 1204 by Jewish spiritual leader Moses Maimonides, who said chicken soup was the fix for excess phlegm.

His research was published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

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