Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean
This is good news for me! I have to admit, I hate skim milk or anything made from it, can barely abide 1%, and have settled on 2% as a compromise between what I love and what I have always believed is good for me. A recent NPR story now tells me that, as far as dairy products are concerned, I may be able to have my cake and eat it too – that is, the tastiest may also be the most healthful.NPR reports on two studies from Europe, one looking at middle-aged men in Sweden and the other a meta-analysis of 16 observational studies. Both seemed to show that eating high-fat dairy products is actually protective against obesity.
I am sure that these are not the last words on this subject, and they do seem counter-intuitive. But I may feel a little less guilty when I use whole milk to make my yoghurt or top a slice of apple with a generous chunk of triple-creme cheese. Yum! Find the NPR story at the link below:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23320900. Scand J Prim Health Care. 2013 Jun;31(2):89-94. doi: 10.3109/02813432.2012.757070. Epub 2013 Jan 15. High dairy fat intake related to less central obesity: a male cohort study with 12 years’ follow-up. Holmberg S, Thelin A.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22810464. Eur J Nutr. 2013 Feb;52(1):1-24. doi: 10.1007/s00394-012-0418-1. Epub 2012 Jul 19. The relationship between high-fat dairy consumption and obesity, cardiovascular, and metabolic disease. Kratz M, Baars T, Guyenet S.