Research says that saturated fat in cheese, yogurt and other dairy products may protect from diabetes.
The study has found that people with higher levels of the types of saturated fatty acids in dairy products were less likely to develop type II diabetes.
Saturated fat found in butter, cheese and red meat is generally considered unhealthy and is linked to various diseases. But, different types of saturated fat are there, that can be identified by looking at the chain-like saturated fatty acid molecules which contain odd and even number of carbon atoms.
The study was conducted by the researchers from the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford and other universities across Europe. The study involved 12,132 people from whom blood samples were taken before they developed type II diabetes. Blood samples were also taken from 15,164 participants who did not go on to develop diabetes.
Analysis of the blood samples showed that people with higher levels of even chain saturated fatty acids were more likely to develop diabetes than those with odd chain saturated fatty acids.
Even-chain saturated fatty acids were high in diets rich in soft drinks and potatoes. Odd chain saturated fatty acids were high in diets rich in dairy products, nuts and seeds, and fruits and vegetables.
The study thus says that there is an association between the levels of types of saturated fatty acids and the risk of developing diabetes.