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One paper that used data from the Women’s Health Study, a massive, long-term observational study, looked at 18,438 women of normal weight over 45 to see whether eating dairy influenced their likelihood of becoming overweight as they went through menopause. The women who ate full-fat products had a small but significant lowered risk of gaining weight, and those who ate the most fatty dairy had the lowest risk. Those who ate low-fat versions were no less likely to be obese than those who ate no dairy.
A meta-analysis of 16 of these kinds of studies found that on the whole, high-fat dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of obesity and either a lower or equal risk of metabolic health problems (like diabetes). Another similar meta-analysis looking specifically at what causes hypertension found , again, that eating fats from dairy was inversely correlated with hypertension (a.k.a. High blood pressure, which itself is associated with cardiovascular disease).
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Researchers aren’t exactly sure why dairy fats are better for you than animal fats. Various theories suggest that it might be how filling they are (maybe you eat fewer calories overall when you have fatty yogurt), or perhaps that there’s some...
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