August 9, 2010

Whole Milk Better For Heart Disease?? Only In Costa Rica…

Posted in Heart Disease in the News, Heart disease tips, New Heart Studies tagged , , , , , , at 1:32 am by keepyourhearthealthy

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A new study published in the May edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that whole milk from grass-fed cows is actually beneficial in terms of heart disease.

A special unsaturated fat called CLA or conjugated linoleic acid is found in grass-fed cows but not so much in cows fed through “feedlots.”  The study found that higher concentrations of this special unsaturated fat, CLA, can lower the risk of heart attack by 36%.

The problem is that almost all milk sold in the US is from cows fed through feedlots instead of grazing on grass.  The study had to be done in Costa Rica just to find enough participants who drank milk mostly from grass-fed cows (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_99364.html).  While the scenario of drinking whole milk to lower your chances of heart disease sounds great…it’s just not feasible for the majority of Americans.  Unless you milk your own grass-fed cows, I recommend sticking with the skim or 1% milk if you want to keep your heart healthy.

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