Here’s a little secret I have that I’m gonna share with you. And it truly is a secret – I never even told this to my ex-wife while we were still talking to each other. And it’s this: I used to go out surreptitiously (who knew what diabolical ideas she had about my clandestine disappearances) and get a real malted at a Dairy Queen nearby. Maybe she thought I was with a frosty blonde? Only wrong by half. I was with a frosted chocolate malt. Yummy. Oooh, I get excited just thinking about it. There! I feel better already for having come clean about this.

But why bring this up now? What’s the point? Okay, the point is, it’s about dairy products and your heart. On Monday you can hear a health story on the media telling you to shun cheese because it’ll clog your arteries. But by Friday you may hear something about how great whole milk is because the fat is good for you. Or, one day they’ll say dairy products are gonna raise your cholesterol, and the next day you hear these foods are great for your bones. Can be bewildering, getting all of these conflicting stories. So, what’s the bottom line? Who is right? Lao Du to the rescue. Lao Du can sometimes “do” … after he reads an article in The Lancet. (Note: The Lancet is a peer-reviewed medical journal. It is old (1823 – first edition) and prestigious and ‘very’ legit.)

The Lancet findings, of which I’m about to report, were published in the September 11th 2018 edition. The title of the article is “Association of dairy intake with cardiovascular heart disease and mortality in 21 countries from five continents: a prospective cohort study.” Here’s what the medical researchers did and here’s what they found:

A cohort (group of people/ the subjects studied) of 136,000 + people of various ages, ranging from 35-70, men and women were followed and tracked for 15 years while monitoring dairy product consumption (and type – low fat/saturated fat etc.) in conjunction with medical status (heart attacks, strokes etc.) Results (conclusions): “Dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease events in a diverse multinational cohort.” Stated in a slightly more digestible manner, the takeaway is that if you have two portions of dairy products (milk, cheese or yogurt) per day, you’ll have a lesser risk of kicking the bucket from heart disease or stroke than those that don’t slink off in the middle of the night to a Dairy Queen for a chocolate malted.

Caution: They’re still recommending low-fat dairy products. And better make sure your wife is fast asleep. Lao Du