Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Got milk?

May get diabetes, but won't care.
For years the government has warned us not to drink whole milk, but now it's not so sure.
Whether this massive shift in eating habits has made anyone healthier is an open question among scientists. In fact, research published in recent years indicates that the opposite might be true: millions might have been better off had they stuck with whole milk.
Scientists who tallied diet and health records for several thousand patients over ten years found, for example, that contrary to the government advice, people who consumed more milk fat had lower incidence of heart disease.
By warning people against full-fat dairy foods, the U.S. is “losing a huge opportunity for the prevention of disease,” said Marcia Otto, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas, and the lead author of large studies published in 2012 and 2013, which were funded by government and academic institutions, not the industry. “What we have learned over the last decade is that certain foods that are high in fat seem to be beneficial.”
Now you tell me.

You can always find milk alarmists with their research, but consider these studies:
In 2013, New Zealand researchers led by Jocelyne R. Benatar, collected the results of nine randomized controlled trials on dairy products. In tallying the tests on 702 subjects, researchers could detect no significant connection between consuming more dairy fat and levels of “bad” cholesterol.

Two Harvard researchers then used a blood sample for each of more than 2,800 U.S. adults. Using the blood sample, they could detect how much dairy fats each had consumed. And over the eight-year follow up period, those who had consumed the most dairy fat were far less likely to get  heart disease compared to those who had consumed the least.
I began drinking whole milk because of articles I read about its beneficial effect on blood sugar. For example:
Researchers in Sweden found that people who eat eight or more portions a day of high fat dairy products are 23 per cent less likely to be struck by Type 2 diabetes than those who consume just one portion. Low-fat dairy products did not have the same protective qualities.

Evidence indicates that dairy intake is significantly associated with a reduced Type II diabetes risk, and likely in a dose-response manner. 
However, diabetes doctors sniffed at the first, and the lead researcher in that last is employed at Dairy Farmers of Canada.

My search of studies funded by the National Institutes of Health leaves me confused about the relationship of whole milk and diabetes. So that means I'm going to continue drinking it but in moderation. Also I will not give up my nightly bowl of French vanilla ice cream. 

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