An atherosclerosis study with 5042 participants ages forty-five to eight-four years old was conducted by Jennifer Nettleton and other University of Minnesota researchers. The results, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in June 2008, found a diet rich in whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods was associated with 20 percent lower incidences of atherosclerosis.
Low-fat dairy seems to improve kidney function, but exactly how it helps is unclear. Researchers believe calcium, amino acids, and magnesium may somehow play a part. So, if you’ve been missing out dairy, include it in your diet because it looks like it just might do your heart good.