With the new Dietary Guidelines getting closer, some studies claim that whole milk might be better than skim milk after all, or at least it’s just as good.
- The Dietary Guidelines are revised once every 5 years
- They will be released later on this year, so researchers are calling for a modification on whole milk benefits
- Experts suggest that whole milk does not come with increased risk of diabetes or heart problems
- Some say that the consumption of fatter milk in controlled amounts could be beneficial
This goes against most of the things we’ve been taught. A simple logic assessment of the problem might tell us that since fat is bad, then milk that is higher in fat should also be harmful to our health. However, recent studies have suggested that it’s not the case. In fact, some fats are good and are indeed needed.
Many people have made the decision to switch from the full fat whole milk to the low fat skim milk years ago. Due to the high content of saturated fats and high number of calories, it seemed that whole milk was not the healthier alternative. However, if recent studies are correct, it will turn out that it’s the better option with no extra risks.
Whole milk is rich in saturated fats, which can help the body absorb vitamins, building cell membranes, muscle movement, and assist with blood clotting. It has been gravely avoided, and sparked a good number of debates.
For one, some experts highly advise against saturated fats. Others say that’s it’s actually beneficial to our health as long as it’s in controlled amounts. Cutting down on the consumption of saturated fats from milk will reportedly not lower the risk of cardiovascular problems or type 2 diabetes. It might make matters worse for the latter condition.
Some people have a tendency of compensating for their lack of saturated fats by consuming more carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. As pointed out by some experts, it’s an important effect that should not be overlooked while writing out the Dietary Guidelines that most American companies and doctors alike use as a standard.
That is one of the reasons why whole milk should not be ignored, and it’s believed that it should not be replaced. Studies have shown that those who consume milk with high content of fat are not at an increased risk of heart problems. In fact, they might actually be doing better than others.
There have been researchers who found that drinking whole milk could have a beneficial effect against diabetes, surprisingly enough.
According to Marcia Otto, at the University of Texas, by encouraging Americans to give up on whole milk, the government is placing the population at greater risk for chronic illnesses. Within the past 10 years worth of research, it has been proven to be beneficial.
However, while the new Dietary Guidelines will be published later this year, it’s unlikely that there would be a change. Recent studies call for the government to take their findings into consideration though. If they succeed, the glory days of skim milk might be over.
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