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by Dr. Daniel J. Heller
Do you love, crave, or even at times fantasize about rich, creamy dairy foods? Would you describe that melt-in-your-mouthful sensation as a guilty pleasure?
If you think of full-fat dairy as a guilty indulgence, you’ll be happy to learn that a wave of recent research suggests that the conventional wisdom about low-fat versus whole-fat dairy may be an unfortunate food myth. We are now learning that whole milk products that include the butterfat don’t appear to be as bad for you as we’ve been led to believe over the last several decades.Here’s a quick look at the science:
The idea that dairy fat is bad for you is relatively recent, and seems as if it may be misguided. Dairy farmers of generations past took pride in producing milk products with the rich, distinctive flavor, and high butterfat content we love. Today, high-quality dairy products are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to organic dairy farmers, whose cows eat grass. So if you’re not vegan, lactose-intolerant, or follow a diet that otherwise excludes dairy, go ahead and enjoy the full-fat dairy renaissance, and don’t feel guilty about indulging in some delicious creamy butterfat.