A recent study at Brown University shows a diet rich with milk, cheese and butter products do not increase risk of heart disease despite high saturated fat and some nutrients in dairy products even prevent heart disease.

The analysis of thousands of Costa Rica adults led by Stella Aslibekyan, a community health graduate student at Brown University, showed no statistical link between the level of dairy consumption and their risk of heart attack.

Aslibekyan’s group hypothesize some nutrients found in dairy products, including vitamin D and calcium, protect consumers from heart disease in all but the highest dairy-consuming group.

The data Aslibekyan analyzed was co-authored by Hannia Campos of the Harvard School of Public Health. The study analyzed 3,630 middle-aged Costa Rican men and women from 1994 to 2004.

The study found no statistical link in dairy consumption between participants who had heart attacks compared to people who did not.

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