A new study suggests that children who eat more dairy products live longer lives.
Researchers followed up a 1930s study of childhood diets and found that those who had diets rich in milk, butter, and cheese had lower mortality rates from strokes. And also children with high dairy intakes were less likely to suffer from heart diseases, despite their higher fat and cholesterol intake.
Those with the highest dairy intake are 23 per cent more likely to still be alive today than those with the lowest intake.
Experts say that while the study highlights the importance of including calcium-rich foods in a balanced diet, results must be treated with caution.
They also pointed out that the children who ate more dairy products tended to come from wealthier families and so had better overall diets.