Over the years you have more than likely been told to avoid full fat dairy as it is high in saturated fat. You have learned that a diet high in saturated fat can contribute to high cholesterol and heart disease as well as cause you to gain weight. However, there is supporting evidence that this is just not the case.

Yes, full fat dairy does contain saturated fats, but no, they are not bad for you. A study done in 2010 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reviewed 21 studies on heart disease, stroke and saturated fats. They found that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) or CVD (stoke and cardiovascular disease).”

Skim dairy products such as skinny milk and ‘lite’ margarine have had their fat stripped and do not supply vitamins A, D, E, & K. These fat soluble vitamins have numerous benefits from cell growth, healthy hair, skin and eyes to aiding absorption of phosphate and calcium. Because the calcium has been lost in skim products, it is replaced with synthetic calcium and the body is not very effective at absorbing calcium in this form. Fat is needed for the conversion of carotene (found in vegetables) into Vitamin A.

Saturated fats are a preferred fuel used by the heart and also as fuel for energy expenditure. They have anti-viral and anti-fungal agents and are useful at actually lowering cholesterol. When you include fats in your meal, you will feel fuller for longer because they will slow down the absorption of food. Fats will also aid in weight loss and muscle tone, this is due to conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a type of fat found in cow’s milk. This type of fat also helps to reduce the risk of cancer.

So make a swap for full fat produce, preferably from raw, organic, unpasteurised supplies!



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