Eating dairy foods every day can improve hypertension

A number of studies have shown three daily serves of milk, yoghurt and cheese is linked to a reduced risk of hypertension. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is widely recommended for prevention and management of hypertension. This diet is characterised by a high intake of fruits and vegetables, is low in sodium and high in low-fat dairy. Evidence has shown consumption of the DASH diet is favourable for heart health, including CVD and stroke.10,11,12 While the DASH diet focuses on low or no-fat dairy, a new randomised controlled trial has also found similar reductions in blood pressure can also occur with regular-fat dairy and without compromising health benefits.13 These findings don’t just apply to adults; in a recent study of adolescents, it was found that consumption of both regular and reduced-fat dairy was significantly associated with reductions in blood pressure.14




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11 Kris-Etherton PM et al. Milk products, dietary patterns and blood pressure management. J Am Coll Nutr. 2009;28(1):103S-19S.

12 Ralston RA, Lee JH, Truby H, et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of elevated blood pressure and consumption of dairy foods. J Hum Hypertens. 2011;26:3–13.

13 Chiu S, Bergeron N, Williams P, Bray G, Sutherland B, Krauss R. Comparison of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet and a higher-fat DASH diet on blood pressure and lipids and lipoproteins: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015;103(2):341-47.

14 O’Sullivan T, Bremner A, Mori T, Beilin L, Wilson C, Hafekost K et al. Regular fat and reduced fat dairy products show similar associations with markers of adolescent cardiometabolic health. Nutrients. 2016;8(1):22.