Myth: Dairy raises cholesterol.

FACT: Although the intake of saturated fat has previously been associated with increased cholesterol levels, research does not support that dairy intake has an adverse effect on cholesterol or other markers of cardiovascular disease. Not all saturated fats are the same and the food or overall diet in which they are consumed is important when it comes to health effects.

Dairy saturated fats are usually consumed within a matrix of other nutrients in foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Research is currently exploring the role of these nutrient combinations for cardiovascular health.

To assess cardiovascular disease risk, a clinician will examine and consider cholesterol levels along with a range of other important risk factors such as genetics, smoking, high blood pressure, body weight and inactivity.