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Are dairy fats good or bad?

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Despite a large proportion of milk fat being saturated, research has shown that these saturated fats have a neutral, and in some cases even a protective, effect on coronary heart disease.

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Latest research suggests that milk fat is good to include in the daily diet. Milk fat is but one of the types of fat that form part of a typical diet. About two-thirds (65%) of the fat in full-cream milk is saturated, a quarter (25%) is monounsaturated and 3% constitutes poly-unsaturated fatty acids. Despite a large component of milk fat being saturated, research has shown that these saturated fats have a neutral, and in some cases even a protective, effect on coronary heart disease. The saturated fatty acid in milk, oleic acid, is known to have a lowering effect on blood cholesterol levels.

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