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Anti-Antimicrobials In New York State?

The New York State Senate introduced state legislation that would

make it a misdemeanor to use non-therapeutic antimicrobials in cattle, poultry, sheep, swine or any other animals raised for human food consumption, including animals raised to provide non-meat products like milk and eggs.

How will banning non-therapeutic antimicrobials impact animal agriculture? Such legislation in a major dairy producing state is sure to face strong resistance.

Are Milk Consumption and Cardiovascular Diseases Related?

A recent review of selected research from multiple sources suggests that there is no link between milk consumption and an increase in risk of heart disease, stroke or total mortality.

Via The Times Of India:

Wageningen and Harvard University researchers examined 17 studies from Europe, USA and Japan, and found no link between the consumption of regular or low-fat dairy and any increased risk of heart disease, stroke or total mortality.

The meta-analysis, as reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, concludes:

This dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies indicates that milk intake is not associated with total mortality but may be inversely associated with overall CVD risk; however, these findings are based on limited numbers.

Can Dairy Reduce Health Risks?

A new report from the the Annuals of Internal Medicine suggests that certain milk products may reduce the risks associated with with diabetes.

A natural substance found in dairy products appears to protect against diabetes, say researchers.

A study of over 3,700 people found higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid was linked with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.

The original report, via the Annuals of Internal Medicine, concludes:

Circulating trans-palmitoleate is associated with lower insulin resistance, presence of atherogenic dyslipidemia, and incident diabetes. Our findings may explain previously observed metabolic benefits of dairy consumption and support the need for detailed further experimental and clinical investigation.

It is not recommended to increase dairy product consumption as a way to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.