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Private medical cover holders urged to drink milk

Published on 16/12/2010
Drinking milk could see private medical cover holders reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease, new research suggests.

According to a study to be published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, drinking three glasses of milk per day may lead to an 18 per cent decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and Harvard University in the US examined 17 studies from Europe, USA and Japan to arrive at their conclusion.

As well as the health benefits of milk, they also found that there was no link between the consumption of regular or low-fat dairy products and any increased risk of heart disease, stroke or total mortality.

"Milk and dairy are the most nutritious and healthy foods available and loaded with naturally occurring nutrients, such as calcium, potassium and protein, to name a few," said Dr Cindy Schweitzer, technical director at the Global Dairy Platform, a US organisation that promotes dairy products.

"It's about going back to the basics; maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be a scientific equation."

The news follows a recent report which found that following dietary guidelines on fruit and veg, salt, fat and fibre intake could save 33,000 lives a year in the UK. 
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