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Are Full-Fat Dairy Products Better For Your Health?

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The findings of two recently published studies suggest that the consumption of full-fat dairy foods is better than the consumption of their low-fat and non-fat counterparts. However, experts indicated to CBS News that the findings of the two studies are still early.

News of the findings comes contrary to the popular understanding of skim milk to be the ideal option for those looking to shed pounds or improve health. All the same, the latest research shows that those consuming full-fat dairy products as opposed to their non and low-fat competitors actually exhibit a lower diabetes risk.

One of the study’s authors, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, indicated to Time that he thinks “these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products” and that “no prospective human evidence ” exists indicating that people consuming “low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.”

I think these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products […] There is no prospective human evidence that people who eat low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.

Dr. Susan Spratt told CBS News that the findings are interesting and that they conflict with the findings of previous studies on diet and health while noting that researchers have “been burned before on observational studies.”

These findings highlight for me the fact that nutrition is an evolving science, and that we just scratched its surface

Elisabetta Politi wasn’t quite so forthcoming in her assessment of the findings as she referred to nutrition as “an evolving science” that humanity has only scratched the surface of.

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