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October 20, 2017

Milk consumption leads to cognitive decline

Milk consumption leads to worse brain health, according to a study published in the journal Nutrients. Researchers followed 13,751 participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study for 20 years and found that those who consumed more than one glass of milk per day were 10 percent more likely to experience cognitive decline, compared with those who consumed less than one glass per day or no milk. These findings resonate with other studies showing a link between milk and cognitive decline. Additionally, the findings in the Chicago Health and Aging Project showed that those who consumed the most saturated fat had twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, compared with those who consumed the least. Dairy is the No. 1 source of saturated fat in the American diet.

Petruski-Ivleva N, Kucharska-Newton A, Palta P, et al. Milk intake at midlife and cognitive decline over 20 years. The Athersclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Nutrients. 2017;9:1134; doi:10.3390/nu9101134.   

Morris MC, Evans DA, Bienias JL, et al. Dietary fats and the risk of incident Alzheimer’s disease. Arch Neurol. 2003;60:194–200

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