For years, health professionals and the mainstream media have been encouraging the population to opt for low-fat dairy products in lieu of full-fat varieties. But research is questioning whether non- or low-fat is really all it’s cracked up to be. Why?
Whole-fat dairy contains a high amount of a fatty acid called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Dr. Smith points out that new research touts CLA as an aid to weight loss and muscle building and as a deterrent to heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
While exploring the possible benefits of full-fat dairy foods, Dr. Smith feels that it is vital to stress that patients not use this information as an excuse to over-indulge.
While whole-dairy products may have health benefits, portion size and control is just as important. The old saying “A little dab will do you” definitely applies!
Use common sense and read labels to determine portion size. you may be surprised by what a true portion-sized amount should be. When opting for whole-fat dairy, it may make sense to cut down on other fats, depending on our dietary needs. And remember to avoid unhealthy fats at all times.