With an increasing number of cases related to heart problems, people have become very conscious about what they eat and how much they eat. The general perception among people is that fat causes heart problems. This is why people have started avoiding foods that are rich in fats. One of the healthy foods that have become a target of negative perceptions is milk and milk products. However, these perceptions are not backed by facts since research studies reveal an entirely different picture. Studies have shown that milk and milk products may actually promote heart health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
One of the important nutrients found in milk and milk products is calcium, which helps reduce blood pressure. When the blood pressure is normal, it automatically reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems. However, calcium was never a problem for people; what most people are concerned about is the fat content of milk. Due to the demonization of fat in the media, people have developed negative perceptions about fat. People have started thinking that all types of fat are bad, which is not at all true. Our body needs fats to carry out vital functions and cutting down on fat drastically can create health issues. People need to understand the difference between fats that are good for us and fats that can create health issues.
Studies have revealed that the fats found in milk promote heart health. The fat in milk has plenty of high density lipoprotein (HDL), which is the good cholesterol. Milk also has low density lipoprotein (LDL), which is considered as the bad cholesterol. However, the size of LDL in milk is bigger than the LDL found in other foods. This makes it safer than the LDL found in other food items. Studies have revealed that smaller, denser LDL particles are the ones that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Since LDL particle size in milk is larger, it does not create any significant risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies also show that the minerals found in milk help process milk fats in a healthy manner.
A number of studies have been conducted over the years to identify the link between milk and heart issues. None of these studies have found any consistent link between consumption of milk and milk products and cardiovascular diseases, coronary heart disease or stroke. As a matter of fact, studies have indicated an inverse relationship between milk consumption and heart problems, which implies that milk actually reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems.For the general population, this means that they can continue to consume milk and milk products and derive the associated health benefits.