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Skim milk is even worse for us than we thought

Sasha Brown-Worsham

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Sasha Brown-Worsham

Sasha Brown-Worsham has written for dozens of publications over the course of her years as a journalist and blogger. She lives outside NYC with her three children, husband, and multiple pets. She is working on her first novel.

Stop drinking skim milk this instant and pick up a glass of full fat

If you are one of those people still drinking skim milk even after countless studies and research have debunked it as a "healthy" food, maybe you wan to reach for the full fat. A new study shows that people who drink skim milk are far more likely to develop diabetes than those who stick with regular.

The new study published in Circulation, was led by Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian who found that people consuming full fat dairy actually had a 46 percent lower risk of getting diabetes during the study period than those with lower levels.

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“I think these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products,” says Mozaffarian. “There is no prospective human evidence that people who eat low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.”

Pretty damning, no?

There seems to be a connection between the reduced fat levels and a greater craving for sugar and carbs to make up for that missing fat. In other words, fat is not the enemy. No matter what Snackwells told us in the 1990's. The enemy is sugar, sugar, sugar. Always sugar.

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Of course, maybe that will change, too. It seems every few years there is a new diet demon. Whether it's fat or sugar or carbs or counting calories, the fads seem to come and go. But the one consistent thing that remains is this: Eat fresh. Eat whole. Eat local. I can get behind this study because it feels true. Doesn't it just feel better to eat food as close to nature as we can? If it doesn't come out of the cow processed, maybe we weren't meant to process it. Whether or not we should consume cow's milk is a whole other discussion, but in general, full fat makes a lot of sense.

We feel more satiated when we drink the real stuff. And full people don't consume more than their share. Plus, diabetes. Put down that glass of skim milk right now and recognize the times, they are a changin'.

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