“Is Full Cream Milk healthier than Low Fat Milk?”
“Will using Low Fat Milk mean I won’t put on weight (increase my Body Fat Mass (BFM))?”
Before we go any further it is important to realise that there are fats, and there are fats. However, the general media and conventional medical codes continue to denigrate all saturated fats.
By doing this they ignore the evidence that saturated fats are either atherogenically neutral, or negative, and do NOT contribute to heart disease via cholesterol raising.
Full fat milk (saturated fat) is far healthier than the insipid “low fat” milk.
Low fat milk does not offer any cardiac benefits, and may in fact be strongly linked to prostate cancer in males, and ovarian cancer in females.
In contrast, the health benefits of full fat milk have been shown in numerous studies. In one such study they measured the actual levels of two milk fats (pentadecanoic acid and heptadecanoic acid) in the blood of people participating in the programme. The ones drinking the full fat milk subsequently showed reductions in their risk of a heart attack.
The conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) content of milk is vital for health. Evidence suggests that CLA reduces tumour growth in animals, and in a Finnish study, CLA levels correlated with a 60% reduction in female breast cancer.
Researchers have proven that the CLA in milk reduces body fat mass (BFM) in both animals and humans.
Certainly, the supermarkets play their part in which type of milk gets promoted the most for obvious, maximum financial gain; a low fat product generates bigger profit margins for them.
Fat is removed in the creameries from the original 4% milk fat, and the residual milk blended according to the fat content required, which may be 0.1% fat (skimmed ), or 1% (very low fat), or the 1.5% to 1.8% (low fat) variety.
The proposals in some powerful quarters to reduce dietary dairy products, because of the calcium content, ignores the findings of critical science; that dairy products (full fat milk, butter, cheese, eggs) have many health supporting properties, since they contain important minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins A,D,E K2, Butyric acid and omega 3 fatty acids, and of course, CLA.
While you are enjoying your full cream milk, rest assured that you are partaking in the far healthier milk option.
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