Dairy Foods: Beneficial Effects of Fermented Products on Cardiometabolic Health

Paul J. Nestel, Trevor A. Mori

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Purpose of Review: This review of recent observational studies and understanding of the complex nature of dairy foods is intended to reappraise the effects of different types of dairy foods on cardiovascular disease (CVD). Recent Findings: Recent guidelines from major cardiovascular societies suggest that apart from the adverse effect of butter, consumption of more complex dairy products notably fermented varieties and yogurt in particular, appear to be inversely associated with outcomes of CVD and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Reduced fat in dairy food remains preferred for people at increased CVD risk. Summary: Changed evidence has led to new advice regarding consumption of some dairy foods. The apparent beneficial effects of fermented milk products, particularly yogurt, allow for increased consumption of nutritious staple foods. Recent national guidelines reflect this view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-485
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Nutrition Reports
Issue number3
Early online date25 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


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