A recent study conducted at Lund University in Sweden stated that eating Yogurt and cheese may reduce the chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
The study also stated that excessive consumption meat will increase the chance of diabetes. According to the study, people who regularly consumed high fat dairy products had lower chances of developing type 2 by 23 percent.
Ulrika Ericson, conducted the study stated that “”The researchers studied the eating habits of 27,000 individuals aged 45 to 74. The participants took part in the Malmo Diet and Cancer study in the early 1990s, in which they provided details of their eating habits. Twenty years on, over ten per cent – 2,860 people had developed type 2 diabetes”.
The study focused on various sources of fat from both meat and dairy products that contained saturated fat. The saturated fatty acids are common in dairy products and were the link in reducing the chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Ericson added “However, we have not ruled out the possibility that other components of dairy products such as yoghurt and cheese may have contributed to our results. We have taken into account many dietary and lifestyle factors in our analysis, such as fermentation, calcium, vitamin D and physical activity. However, there may be other factors that we have not been able to measure that are shared by those who eat large quantities of high-fat dairy products. Moreover, different food components can interact with each other. For example, in one study, saturated fat in cheese appeared to have less of a cholesterol-raising effect than saturated fat in butter. Our results suggest that we should not focus solely on fat, but rather consider what foods we eat. Many foodstuffs contain different components that are harmful or beneficial to health, and it is the overall balance that is important”.