Dairy Farmers of Canada’s team of registered dietitians hosted a webinar in November to provide health professionals with the latest scientific evidence on saturated fat and its association with cardiovascular disease outcomes and mortality.
Dr. Andrew Mente of the Population Health Research Institute and Associate Professor at the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI), McMaster University presented on the latest scientific evidence on saturated fat and its association with CVD outcomes and mortality; the PURE study and some of its key findings for saturated fat, carbs and various foods; and, the PURE healthy dietary pattern.
The PURE study is a landmark 21-country multinational cohort study of individuals aged 35-70 years old. Researchers tracked dietary intakes and consumption of milk, yogurt, and cheese of 138,484 individuals over time. They also tracked mortality and total major cardiovascular events (i.e. major CVD, stroke, myocardial infarction) to assess any associations between total dairy and specific dairy product consumption with mortality and CVD events. The team of researchers found dairy consumption, especially of regular fat dairy, was associated with a lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease events in a diverse multinational population.
For more information on the PURE study, read the article in the DairyResearchBlog.ca.