Virtually all the milk consumed in the study was whole or full-fat milk.
The authors explained: “The present perception of milk as harmful, in increasing cardiovascular risk, should be challenged, and every effort should be made to restore it to its rightful place in a healthy diet. “
The team behind the study explained that the findings had also been supported by an overview of 10 major studies that assessed milk consumption, which also found an association between milk consumption and a lower risk of stroke.
In addition, it found marked improvements in blood pressure, which could be an explanatory factor for the reduction in stroke risk.