But researchers said they found those who consumed three servings of milk, cheese, butter or cream per day were nearly two times less likely to suffer from heart disease and strokes, compared to having fewer servings, the Daily Mail reports.
Eating dairy daily - including full-fat products - was associated with lower risk of death or cardiovascular disease in the large multinational PURE cohort study. She is an investigator of nutrition epidemiology with McMaster University's Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton, Ontario.
Based on the findings, she concludes that "up to three servings of dairy per day lowers risk of death and cardiovascular disease, regardless of fat".
In other words, it looks like eating full-fat dairy - which in this case includes yogurt, cheese, and milk - is more beneficial for you than not. The modern research, nonetheless, means that fleshy-corpulent dairy would possibly perchance nearly definitely also additionally be share of a nutritious weight loss program.
NHS consultant cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra said: "For years public health authorities, government guidelines and cardiac societies including the American Heart Association and the British Heart Foundation have demonised full-fat dairy".
However, past evidence has suggested there are a number of nutrients found in dairy products including calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamins K1 and K2 and probiotics (in yoghurt) that could contribute to a healthy diet.
"Dairy products contain a range of potentially beneficial compounds", Dehghan said. "Our study is an observational study and we report association between exposure and outcome we can not prove any causality", emphasized Dehghan.
The study draws on data collected from PURE, a large-scale research project that tracked more than 130,000 people from 21 countries across five continents for nine years.
The PURE results were consistent in areas where overall dairy consumption was low, such as China, Asia, and Africa, and in areas where it was high, such as Europe, North and South America, and the Middle East.
Among those who consumed only whole-fat dairy, higher intake (mean intake of 2.9 servings of whole fat dairy per day) was associated with lower rates of total mortality and major cardiovascular disease, compared to those who consumed less than 0.5 servings whole-fat dairy per day.
When compared with those no consuming milk, the high intake group had lower rates in four categories - total mortality of 3.4 percent vs. 5.6 percent, non-cardiovascular mortality of 2.5 percent vs. 4 percent, cardiovascular mortality of 0.9 percent vs. 1.6 percent, major cardiovascular disease of 3.5 percent vs. 4.9 percent and stroke of 1.2 percent vs. 2.9 percent.
But the authors of this latest research, published in the medical journal The Lancet, argue that the consumption of dairy should not be discouraged and should perhaps even be encouraged in countries where it is generally avoided.
"It is not the ultimate seal of approval for recommending whole-fat dairy over its low-fat or skimmed counterparts".
Of PURE participants who consumed full-fat dairy, three or so servings a day was associated with lower rates of total mortality and major cardiovascular disease, compared to those who consumed nearly no full-fat dairy a day. The Sun reported: "Drinking three glasses of whole milk a day can help you live longer, a huge global study has discovered". "The heart is a muscle". "Therefore, when you're focusing on low-fat dairy, we're scaring people about the harms".
"I know some of those people just give up milk then". They noted that milk and yoghurt are healthier choices. "Maybe that's not the best thing to do". They have said that "moderate amount" or three servings have been emphasized upon in the study.
"We do not encourage overeating of any kind of food", Dehghan said.