Cardiovascular health

HELENA: dairy consumption is associated with low adiposity and low CVD risk in adolescent girls

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the HELENA (Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence) research consortium group investigated the relationship between dairy consumption and CVD risk factors in adolescents from 8 European cities between 2006 and 2007.

Results showed that dairy emerged as the food group best discriminating adolescents at low/high CVD risk. In both genders, waist circumference and sum of skin-folds were inversely associated with consumption of milk and yogurt, and milk and yogurt-based beverages.

A positive association was also observed for higher dairy consumption (for milk and yogurt as well) with higher cardiorespiratory fitness in both genders. Moreover, CVD risk score was also inversely associated with overall dairy consumption, but only in girls.

 Source : Bel-Serrat S et al. Pediatr Obes 2013 ; doi: 10.1111/j.2047-6310.2013.00187.x

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