Question: Does eating dairy foods lead to inflammation?
Answer: The current scientific evidence suggests the opposite may be true. When we talk about dairy or any other foods in the context of inflammation, we are talking about low-grade chronic inflammation, which can be related to changes in the immune system and is linked to serious metabolic disorders such as cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.
A growing body of research has demonstrated eating an adequate amount of dairy foods as part of a nutrient-rich, balanced eating plan is not linked to inflammation. For example, a study conducted among Canadian adults with low-grade systemic inflammation found short-term consumption of a combination of low- and high-fat dairy foods as part of a healthy eating plan had no adverse effects on inflammation.
Though “anti-inflammatory diets” are trendy, it’s important to remember combatting chronic inflammation involves more than individual nutrients or foods. It’s about having an overall healthful eating pattern and lifestyle and maintaining a healthy weight, among other factors. The available research seems to indicate fat-free and low-fat dairy foods can be part of such a lifestyle.
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