A new study suggests that children who eat more dairy products live longer lives, the BBC reports. Researchers followed up a 1930s study of childhood diets and found that those who had diets rich in milk, butter, and cheese had lower mortality rates from strokes and other causes. The children with high dairy intakes were not likelier to suffer heart disease, despite their higher fat and cholesterol intake.
Those with the highest dairy intake were 23% more likely to still be alive today than those with the lowest intake, researchers found. Experts said that while the study highlights the importance of including calcium-rich foods in a balanced diet, the results should be treated with caution. They pointed out that the children who ate more dairy products tended to come from wealthier families and so had better overall diets.