Yes, you heard it right: whole-fat foods are associated with LOWER diabetes risk. A new study suggests that people who drink full-fat milk are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drink skim.
Well, this is awkward since Americans have been told for decades to skip full-fat and go for low-fat instead. School lunches provide low-fat milk while the official dietary guidelines hail the virtues of skim milk.
But recent studies have challenged such claims and so does the latest one. New research has found that people who consume full-fat dairy products are at a lower risk of developing diabetes and becoming overweight.
A recent study, which was published this week in the journal Circulation, shows that people who had more healthy byproducts from whole-fat dairy in their system had a 46 percent lower risk of having diabetes than people who regularly consumed only low-fat foods.
The study was based on data provided by a national survey called the Nurses’ Health Study of Health Professionals and involved more than 3,000 participants, who were tracked for nearly 15 years.
Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, lead author of the study, believes that official recommendations to opt for low-fat dairy should be reconsidered. He argued that no ‘prospective human evidence’ currently supports the idea that people who eat low-fat dairy products fare better than their less health-concerned peers.
The reasoning behind the current recommendations to skip full-fat is based on the assumption that lower calorie intake from low-fat products would stave off diabetes. But countless studies had shown that people who go for low-fat tend to compensate and consume more sugar or bad carbohydrates, which can boost diabetes risk.
The results of the latest study were adjusted for other risk factors for diabetes such as weight gain. The research team noted that the association between low-fat and lower diabetes risk remained unchanged, regardless of weight gain.
The recent study is consistent with a separate research paper published in the American Journal of Nutrition that has found women who regularly consume full-fat diary lower their risk of weight gain by eight percent.
Mozaffarian said that official recommendations may be biased because they take into account only one nutrient in a specific food, rather than considering the food as a whole. If you take from people the fat in their diet, they’ll try to replace it with carbohydrates and added sugars, which are converted into body fat later on, the researcher explained.
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