Can drinking milk every day cause heart disease?

November 14, 2023 | 03:00 pm PT
My father drinks milk daily to improve his health. Does this cause him risks of cardiovascular diseases due to the lots of fat and cholesterol? (Ngoc Chau, Hanoi)


A suitable diet can help improve heart functions, as eating certain food can help avoid cardiovascular diseases including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, and stroke.

A nutrient-rich food source, milk is a popular drink for both children and adults. It contains calcium, protein, potassium, and vitamin D, which are important for the heart and bones.

Milk is a nutrient-rich food source. Photo illustration by Freepik

Milk is a nutrient-rich food source. Photo illustration by Freepik

However, consuming it directly affects the blood fat and cholesterol level. According to the National Institution of Nutrition, 100 ml of fresh cow milk contains 4.4 grams of fat, including both saturated and unsaturated fats, and 42 mg of cholesterol.

Consuming too much milk may leave your father suffering from increases in the amounts of saturated fat acids and cholesterol in his body, which can harm his health and his cardiovascular system.

Cutting down on fresh cow milk consumption or switching to another type of milk on days when he has fried foods, bacon, or eggs is advised to help solve this.

Especially vulnerable to obesity and cardiovascular problems, the elderly should drink skimmed milk or sugar-free milk. It is recommended for him to have a nutrition check as well, so doctors can consult with him on the right amount of daily milk intake.

Dr. Tran Thi Tra Phuong

Nutrihome Nutrition Clinic System

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