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Project title: Human health advantages of pasture-derived milk fat rich dairy products

Overview: Considered as “unhealthy” by many health experts worldwide, dairy-fats have a strong, negative cultural stigma attached to them. Current scientific evidence proves otherwise, with many studies reporting dairy products to have a myriad of human health benefits. It has been previously demonstrated that pasture-feeding produces milk with increased protein and fat concentrations.

My project will focus on examining nutritional attributes associated with pasture-feeding versus indoor TMR feeding, and the effects of these dairy fats on early life health such as the developing infant gut microbiome and also cardiometabolic health, in terms of the Metabolic Syndrome.

Main research topics include:

  • Pasture-feeding
  • Healthy Dairy
  • Milk-fats
  • Gut Microbiome
  • Cardiovascular HealthMain research topics include:

Programme area: Food Biosciences

Supervisors: Prof. Catherine Stanton, Prof. Paul Ross 

Location: Teagasc, Moorepark

Funding Source: SFI, DAFM