• Low Fat Dairy Products

    by Micheal Doyle, MD
    on Dec 15th, 2010

History


Milk and dairy products have been a staple food in many healthy cultures around the world for thousands of years.  The use of whole dairy products was even a basic tenet of American medicine well into the 20th century. “The Father of Modern Medicine”, Sir William Osler, routinely prescribed fresh, whole cows milk to his patients. The combination of bed rest and (high-fat) milk was called “the milk cure.”

Modern “Low Fat Dairy” Opinion


Over the last 50+ years, experts have claimed that saturated fats such as those found in dairy products cause many problems including weight gain, heart disease and even early death.  These experts have told us to eat low fat dairy products such as skim milk and fat-free yoghurt.

Scientific Evidence Surrounding Low Fat Dairy Products

MY CONCLUSION:  Low-fat dairy products may be bad for us.  Human history and science seem to indicate that whole (full-fat) dairy products are a safer choice.

Note: Historically, most people have eaten dairy in its “raw” (unpasteurized) form which contains many nutrients and beneficial bacteria that are destroyed by processing.  It is likely that uncontaminated raw dairy is the best tolerated and most nutritious form of milk.

References:

1- Reduced or modified dietary fat for preventing cardiovascular disease. Hooper L, Summerbell CD, Higgins   JPT, Thompson RL, Clements G, Capps N, Davey Smith G, Riemersma RA, Ebrahim S.  The Cochrane   Library 2004, Issue 1.  See p9.

2-http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/322/7289/757?ck=nck   (see: BMJ 2001;322:757 (31 March)

3-Hum Reprod. 2007 May;22(5):1340-7. Epub 2007 Feb 28.

4-J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008 May;58(5):787-93. Epub 2008 Jan 14.

5-Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Jun;159(6):543-50.

6-Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 May; 81(5):1147-54.

7-Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Oct;82(4):894-900.

Author Micheal Doyle, MD Michael E. Doyle, MD, is a board-certified family physician with nearly two decades of clinical experience. At Darien Integrative Medicine in Darien, Connecticut, he combines his extensive experience in both conventional and alternative medicine to offer his patients uniquely safe and effective care.

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