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Milk: Full Fat or Skim?

By Sara Butler

You make a million choices each day. Should you wear a sweater or a long-sleeved shirt? Should you have oatmeal for breakfast or cereal? Add what kind of milk you should drink to your decision list.

Dairy is one of the major food groups you should make sure you're getting enough of each day. In the past, nutrition experts have recommended fat-free or low fat dairy as a part of a healthy diet, but the tides seem to be turning. Full-fat dairy may be the next big thing you should change in your diet for some very good reasons.

The Health Benefits of Dairy

Milk and the products made from it are very dense in nutrients. They contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, and Vitamin D as well as minerals such as zinc, calcium, potassium, iodine, and phosphorus. And it turns out that the fat in dairy makes it easier for your body to absorb the vitamins and minerals that make it such a healthy food.

Low Fat or Full Fat?

In the past, fat-free or low-fat dairy was recommended to help people cut down on their saturated fat intake. Saturated fat is the fat in the diet that is linked to high cholesterol and issues with the health of the heart. It still stands that saturated fat should be paid attention to in your diet, but dairy may not be the place to cut out the saturated fat.

Some studies have shown that saturated fat from some sources may not be as bad as previously thought. Dairy has been found to be a source of saturated fat that may actually be good for you, as participants in longitudinal studies who ate and drank full fat dairy products actually had a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

The bottom line is that all nutrition studies have limitations but are valuable to how people should view foods going forward. Saturated fat as a whole is still something you need to keep a keen eye on in your diet, but don't count all foods with saturated fat as bad for your health, especially when it comes to dairy. Healthy adults should be able to enjoy full fat dairy as an important part of a healthy and balanced diet.

If you have questions about your eating habits, then the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are happy to help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.

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