Diet guidelines shift to favor whole milk

Diet guidelines shift to favor whole milk
Health experts have changed guidelines to favor whole milk now. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It seems expert diet guidelines are changing a lot lately, but you probably didn't see this one coming. Nutritionists are now saying to go for whole milk, which for so many years was considered bad for you. That leads to an important question: Would some have been better off if they had kept whole milk in their diets?

While it never left store shelves, for years many thought whole milk was downright bad for you, and considered it a splurge that could catch up with you in so many ways. Apparently, it's time to rethink that idea.

"If you want to include whole fat dairy products into your diet, that may not necessarily be a bad thing," said University Hospitals dietitian Lisa Cimperman.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans gives a different take on saturated fats in dairy products than what we've come to know so well. It all stems, reportedly, from at least one study finding people who drink whole milk have a lower incidence of heart disease.

Cimperman says it has everything to do with the fatty acids in whole milk.

"They actually have a neutral effect on cholesterol," she said.

The fear of whole milk causing heart disease sent so many to drink lower fat milks, even fat free milk, including non-dairy most recently. The trend was expected to make us healthier altogether.

Cimperman says the problem is we turned to refined carbs to replace saturated fat, mostly those so called diet foods that call themselves "fat free." But Cimperman says going crazy on whole fat dairy is not the way to go either.

"I don't want people running to buy, you know, steak, butter, bacon and whole milk. We need to pump the breaks on this a little and really look at our diet as a whole," explained Cimperman. "It's not just about one nutrient. It's not just about saturated fat."

That, you can safely translate to the old-fashioned saying that moderation is key with anything.

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