Saturated Fat, Dairy & Cardiometabolic Disease Conference #heartdairy
The Dairy Council conferences on Saturated Fat, Dairy and Cardiometabolic disease are now complete.
The meetings in Glasgow, Cardiff and London saw national and international speakers discuss the role of saturated fat and saturated fatty acids in cardiometabolic disease, and the effects of dairy consumption on cardiometabolic risk factors.
Key outcomes of the conference were:
- Saturated fat contains a diversity of short, medium and long-chain molecules, which appear to have a diversity of associations with LDL cholesterol metabolism and coronary outcomes. While public health guidelines on intake of saturated fat come from a clear evidence base, an understanding of saturated fatty acid diversity is needed to refine our understanding of risk, and identify saturated fatty acids that have neutral or beneficial effects.
- Research presented showed that milk and dairy product consumption are associated with neutral or inverse risk of cardiometabolic disease outcomes including arterial stiffness, hypertension, stroke, coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes. Evidence largely comes from cohort studies, which are limited by 'association rather than causation' but likely mechanisms involving milk fat globule membranes, saturated fatty acids found in dairy, calcium, dairy peptides and ‘matrix effects’ were explored in the conferences.
Feedback from the audience, composed mainly of nutritionists, dietitians and academic researchers, included appreciation of the thorough, unbiased and evidence-based approach of The Dairy Council to conducting these conferences.
The proceedings of this set of conferences will be made available to registrants in due course.
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