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!