Milk and dairy consumption correlates with cerebral cortical as well as cerebral white matter volume in healthy young adults

Gergely Darnai, Enikó Plózer, Gábor Perlaki, Gergely Orsi, Szilvia Anett Nagy, Réka Horváth, Attila Schwarcz, N. Kovács, Anna Altbäcker, J. Janszky, Z. Clemens

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The objective of this study was to investigate the relation between habitual milk and dairy consumption and brain morphology as assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) investigations in 119 young healthy university students. MRI measurements were performed on a Siemens Magnetom Trio Tim (3T) system while FreeSurfer software suite was used for volumetric segmentation. Dietary habits related to milk and dairy consumption were assessed by a structured questionnaire. Total cerebral cortex, total cerebral white matter, and total cerebral parenchyma were significantly related with cottage cheese and total protein intake from milk and dairy also when controlled for age and gender in the multivariate model. Our results indicate that dietary habits related with milk and dairy are proportionally associated with volumes of both cerebral cortex and cerebral white matter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)826-829
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • Brain volumetry
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Milk consumption
  • Total milk-diary protein

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science

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