Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Odd Logic about Milk

A study presented at ESC Congress 2018 in Munich has concluded that current dietary guidelines are wrong. With the exception of milk, they said there's no relation between dairy consumption and heart disease, and in fact dairy protects against both total mortality and mortality from cerebrovascular causes.

But what is really odd is the final sentence of the press release (the results of the meta-analysis haven't been published yet).

"And given the evidence that milk increases the risk of CHD, it is advisable to drink fat-free or low-fat milk." Huh? A complex food increases the risk of CHD and the authors assume it's the fat in the milk that is causing the problem?

This is an example of researchers having a preconceived notion and then interpreting their results accordingly. They're assuming fat is bad, and thus if milk has deleterious results, it must be because of the fat. This is despite the fact that cheese, which has more fat and less lactose than milk, is protective.

It's faulty logic like this, as well as reliance on inaccurate Food Frequency Questionnaires,  that has made me ignore most nutritional studies.

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