For those of you who, like me, don’t like to skimp on the “good stuff” (and I’m talking about the creamy, delicious “good stuff”), this story is for you.
It says that people who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat dairy. When it comes to weight gain, full-fat dairy may actually be better for you.
“In terms of obesity, we found no support for the notion that low-fat dairy is healthier,” says Dr. Mario Kratz, first author of the review and a nutrition scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Of the 25 studies included in his team’s review, Kratz says 18 reported lower body weights, less weight gain, or a lower risk for obesity among full-fat dairy eaters. The other seven studies were inconclusive. “None of the research suggested low-fat dairy is better,” he says.
Phew! This is good news for people like me – and you – since we like the “good stuff”!
You see, I grew up on a dairy farm (and still live on a dairy farm), where we produce high quality milk that is rich and creamy. That’s because we have lots of these little cuties around. While our herd today is mostly made up of Holsteins, 10% of them are Jerseys. They are brown in color with black noses, smaller in stature, and make less milk…BUT the kicker is… the milk they make is amazing! It’s rich in butterfat and protein – the stuff “good stuff” is made of – like cheese, butter, sour cream, ice cream and more!
I grew up drinking milk from our farm’s bulk tank that would test around 5.2% butterfat. (Whole milk sold in the store is 3.25% fat.) We had to shake up our milk to mix the butterfat before we drank it (unless mom skimmed off the top to make a delectable treat). I no longer drink or recommend others to drink raw milk (that’s my personal opinion that I can get into on another day), but old habits run deep and still to this day, I shake my jug of whole milk from the store in order to mix up the cream.
I am also a lover of cheese! I mean, I really love cheese! And I’m proud to say that milk from our farm goes to Cabot Cheese. (This may be a little too convenient for my diet.) We love cheese so much, we have an entire refrigerator in our basement just for cheese. And I don’t skimp on cheese either. While Cabot does make some fine lowfat cheddars, my motto is full fat or go home! And now I have the research to back me!