What’s the Deal with Dairy?

In the world of paleo and 21DSD we recommend ONLY full fat dairy. I’ve already been receiving questions asking why and isn’t that too much fat.

So first I want to start with, fat does not make you fat. Fat is necessary, just like protein and carbohydrates. What matters is the quality of the fat. Margarine and butter are not equal. If I asked, “Which is bedairytter for you, whole milk or low fat?” how would you answer that? The answer is whole milk!!

Fun Fact: People will ask about the high levels of saturated fat in coconut oil and say that it is just awful on cholesterol levels. Did you know that dietary cholesterol has only ever been shown to raise blood levels of cholesterol by less than 1%?!

An overview of 16 studies found that there is no relation between dairy fat and high cholesterol or obesity. The specifics of this statistic can be found here.

A Harvard School of Public Health study found that women who ate two or more servings of low fat dairy a day (milk, yogurt, etc.) increased their risk of infertility by 85% compared to women who ate less than one serving a week. To read the specifics of this study, click here.

Just a few more amazing things done by full fat dairy:

  • One of the fatty acids in full fat dairy has been shown to reduce triglycerides, lower insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar regulation.
  • There is relation between another fatty acid and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
  • A compound found in full fat dairy provides energy to the cells lining the colon, inhibits inflammation in the gastro tract and may prevent colonic bacteria from entering the bloodstream. This compound’s anti-inflammatory effects are so great that it has induced complete remission in a group of patients suffering from Chrohn’s disease.

To read more about this, I suggest heading over to Chris Kresser’s page and giving it a read.

Bottom line is many of the vitamins in dairy are fat soluble so when you take the fat out (skim milk for example), you take out your body’s ability to absorb those nutrients. You end up with an over processed, nutrient poor product and that is exactly the opposite of what is needed for your body.

Want to learn more? I recommend you check out the books: Eat the Yolks and Practical Paleo for more information about the science behind this.


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