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Milk…the untold story

08 Jan

Milk: Good or Bad? Depends actually.

I recently read an interesting article from Medline.com’s RSS feed on a study the suggested a link between whole fat dairy products and a lowered risk of type II diabetes. The idea behind the study was that a fatty acid(trans-palmitoleic acid) that exists only in whole fat products, and not in the skim products, and that people with high levels of this fatty acid in their blood lowered their risk of acquiring type II diabetes. Having higher levels than of this naturally occurring fatty acid also enjoyed less fat on their bodies as well as having lower overall cholesterol levels.

Let’s Not Get Crazy Now!

The article cautions that it’s too soon to make any changes to the dietary recommendations now in place. I disagree though. It seems like we need to make major changes to what we recommend people to eat. What we’re eating now is clearly not working out too well, as shown by the rising number of both children and adults who are significantly overweight or obese. People are not conscious about what they’re putting into their bodies and it’s showing. Milk and dairy products are a player in the problem, but fats and sweets are public enemy #1. Go ahead and drink your skim/2% milk. In moderation, I think you’ll be alright. Enough of my ranting. 😛 I know I plan to continue on drinking my one glass worth of skim milk each morning with my cereal. Cheers!

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Posted by on January 8, 2011 in Interesting Articles

 

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One response to “Milk…the untold story

  1. Rishi

    January 9, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I think what’s more worrisome than what we’re eating is how much we’re eating. The idea of a “serving size” is a thing of the past, and now we’re filling an increasing percentage of our daily caloric requirements with fats. I read a study somewhere which suggested that overeating alters the brain’s addiction center in a way similar to that of well-known drugs like cocaine and heroine… and that sort of addiction to food is just going to exacerbate the obesity epidemic. 😦

    But like you said, everything “in moderation.” 🙂

     

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