For decades, mainstream medicine has force-fed Americans the unfounded myth that full-fat dairy is bad for you, which really couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, according to a new study, eating full-fat dairy might actually save your life! Let’s take a closer look at the real science…
Solid studies from the 1970s found that people who eat full-fat dairy like butter have 50 percent fewer heart attacks compared to those who eat margarine. And other studies found those who eat full-fat dairy have a much lower risk of obesity and Type II diabetes.
But the government-industrial-medical complex buried those findings. They told us to avoid saturated fats found in full-fat dairy. They even resorted to scare tactics, calling a diet high in saturated fat a “heart attack on a plate.”
As a result, many well-intentioned Americans cut out whole milk, cheese, and yogurt in an attempt to follow this bad advice. And now, we realize how much this misstep has contributed to the epidemic of cardiovascular disease, obesity, and Type II diabetes facing the country.
Full-fat dairy supports cardiovascular health
For the new study, researchers gathered dietary information on 3,000 adults, ages 65 and older, over a 22-year period.
But they didn’t gather the information using the self-reported dietary assessments typical of government research (which rely on the participant’s memory and are rarely, if ever, entirely accurate).
Instead, the researchers measured blood levels of three different fatty acids found in full-fat dairy products in 1992, 1998, and 2005. By using this kind of objective data, the study’s results are much more reliable.
Turns out, people with higher fatty acid levels (associated with higher consumption of full-fat dairy products) had a whopping 42 percent lower risk of dying from stroke.
I was glad to see the study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the only major medical journal that really seems to understand human diet and nutrition.
The dangerous consequences of low-fat recommendations
Despite this growing wealth of evidence, the 2015 – 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published by a federal advisory committee, still recommend eating fat-free or low-fat dairy, including cheese, milk, yogurt, and fortified soy drinks. (Another question for them: Why is any soy product still finding its way onto a recommended list?)
It’s a real shame, considering these low-fat products don’t contain the essential fatty acids needed for heart and brain health. Not to mention all of their added sugars, which also contribute to poor cardiovascular and metabolic health.
Indeed, a lack of fatty acids may also explain why men and women who eat low-fat dairy run a much higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Dairy products are also excellent sources of other essential nutrients — such as potassium and calcium. And as I’ve warned before, you should always get your calcium from food sources instead of supplements. (Taking calcium in supplements actually increases your risk of cardiovascular diseases.)
At the end of the new report, the researchers stated, “Our findings not only support, but also significantly strengthen, the growing body of evidence which suggests that dairy fat, contrary to popular belief, does not increase risk of heart disease or death in older adults.”
They had me until that statement…
The “body of evidence” that dairy fats don’t increase cardiovascular disease risk has been there and “growing” from the beginning. So all in all, the popular belief that full-fat dairy is bad came entirely from faulty science.
The full-fat path to a healthier heart
Regarding your day-to-day diet habits, be sure to eat several full-fat servings of dairy. I enjoy full-fat, plain yogurt with berries in the morning. Cheeses and olives make an excellent mid-afternoon snack. And at dinner, put a dollop of full-fat sour cream on your fish tacos.
Eating more full-fat foods is just one measure you can take to support cardiovascular health. You can learn more about the many all-natural, nutritional recommendations to prevent and reverse cardiovascular disease in my Heart Attack Prevention & Repair Protocol. For more information on how to access this lifesaving information or to enroll today, click here.
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