Comments from director of the IFNH Professor Ian Givens have been featured in two leading news outlets.
An article in Newsweek investigating whether eating three portions of dairy a day could have an impact on the risk of heart disease has quoted Professor Givens in response to a study published in The Lancet, which suggested that eating moderate amounts of dairy products may contribute towards reducing the risk of developing a stroke or heart disease – even if they are full-fat.
While he was not involved in the study directly, Professor Givens commented: “The study will add to the suggestion that dietary guidelines should consider foods as well as nutrients.It also adds weight to the evidence that saturated fats from dairy [probably apart from butter] are not associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk, unlike some other sources.”
Meanwhile national newspaper the Guardian published a story investigating the same study in The Lancet, which quotes Professor Givens advocating more food-based guidance; “The findings back up other evidence that “there is not one simple relationship between consuming saturated fat and risk of CVD [cardiovascular disease] – the food vehicle delivering the fat can have a key influence. The results of this study suggest that saturated fat from whole-fat milk, yoghurt and hard cheese has very limited, if any, impact on CVD risk.”