We recently made the switch to full fat dairy around here. It started because our fridge is small and I didn’t want to have to buy two kinds of milk anymore (Anneliese drinks whole milk). I don’t drink milk, but my husband does. I use it on cereal, in cooking, and in my coffee. Anneliese also eats yogurt we make in our yogurt machine, but I’m not a big yogurt fan. I do also eat cheese (of course!) and sour cream.
For most of my life, I’ve been eating low or no fat dairy- after all, haven’t we all been told how much healthier it is? Turns out, that’s actually not the case. And after you go whole, you won’t go back. What I’m saying is that fat-free sour cream is gross and if my great-great grandmother was serving perogies she wouldn’t want that crap on them.
In a perfect world, we’d all eat fresh dairy products straight from our local farmer in moderate quantities. Unfortunately this is not the case. However, here’s a few reasons why, if you eat dairy, you may want to consider switching to whole products.
In a 2010 analysis, scientists said:
“…There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease].”
What’s more, according to dLife:
“If only half of dairy fat is the saturated kind, what kind is the rest? Dairy fat contains lots of oleic acid (the stuff that makes olive oil so healthy), along with a type of fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that may help with weight loss. Recent studies strongly suggest that something — possibly the CLA — in dairy fat does indeed help with weight management.”
This is the same type of thinking that has villified eggs for the past 40-50 years. Study after study has shown definitively that saturated fat alone is not a sole contributer to heart disease.
Saturated fats provide the building blocks for your cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances that are essential to your health, and saturated fats from animal and vegetable sources (such as meat, dairy, certain oils, and tropical plants like coconut) provide a concentrated source of energy in your diet.
When you eat fats as part of your meal, they slow down absorption so that you can go longer without feeling hungry. In addition, they act as carriers for important fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Dietary fats are also needed for the conversion of carotene to vitamin A, for mineral absorption, and for a host of other biological processes.
Saturated fats are also:
•The preferred fuel for your heart, and also used as a source of fuel during energy expenditure
•Useful antiviral agents (caprylic acid)
•Effective as an anticaries, antiplaque and anti-fungal agent (lauric acid)
•Useful to actually lower cholesterol levels (palmitic and stearic acids)
•Modulators of genetic regulation and prevent cancer (butyric acid)
(source: Dr. Mercola)
I know there are many proponents of raw dairy who are on with my thinking on whole milk products, however I can’t get on board with that. Pasturization has been one of the great inventions of the modern age and has saved many a life.
So maybe go ahead, and have some whole milk on your cereal… or some full fat yogurt with your breakfast…you may find yourself more satisfied, and surely enjoy the great taste!!