Is the Milk Fat Debacle the FINAL STRAW for the Dietary Minders?

Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2015 02:09 pm
The evidence has been pretty conclusive for years that not consuming dairy fat is a bad idea, this just the latest of many cases where the know it alls told us what we should be doing after they repackaged their assumptions and/or fantasies as fact. This is worse than the butter/margarine fiasco, as that package of lies only lasted less than a decade, this one went on for about three. The fallacies about eggs being bad lasted for a bit more than a decade I think, the unsubstantiated myths about the dangers of eating cholesterol lasted over two decades.

Are we finally going to stop listening to these people (with special mention to M Obama) unless they can produce science to support their assertions? And I mean produce the evidence BEFORE they claim something as fact.

And can we maybe get the fat free milk out of school lunches so that the precious bundles can both get the nutrition of milk fat as well as good tasting milk ?

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Reply Wed 7 Oct, 2015 02:18 pm
For those who dont trust Reason I offer the same info from NPR:

In one paper, published by Swedish researchers in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, middle-aged men who consumed high-fat milk, butter and cream were significantly less likely to become obese over a period of 12 years compared with men who never or rarely ate high-fat dairy.

Yep, that's right. The butter and whole-milk eaters did better at keeping the pounds off.

"I would say it's counterintuitive," says Greg Miller, executive vice president of the National Dairy Council.

The second study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, is a meta-analysis of 16 observational studies. There has been a hypothesis that high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity and heart disease risk, but the reviewers concluded that the evidence does not support this hypothesis. In fact, the reviewers found that in most of the studies, high-fat dairy was associated with a lower risk of obesity.

"We continue to see more and more data coming out [finding that] consumption of whole-milk dairy products is associated with reduced body fat," Miller says.

It's not clear what might explain this phenomenon. Lots of folks point to the satiety factor. The higher levels of fat in whole milk products may make us feel fuller, faster. And as a result, the thinking goes, we may end up eating less.

Or the explanation could be more complex. "There may be bioactive substances in the milk fat that may be altering our metabolism in a way that helps us utilize the fat and burn it for energy, rather than storing it in our bodies," Miller says.

Whatever the mechanism, this association between higher dairy fat and lower body weight appears to hold up in children, too.

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