Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

by Rachel Baker on February 19, 2014

I always find articles like this interesting. For so many years, we are told something is bad and its time to completely change our ways, and then after some time, we start to see stories that maybe what we thought about the offensive item isn’t really true…or offensive to our health.

Its quite frustrating, really.

In one , 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 , executive vice president of the National Dairy Council.

The second , 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.

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