Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk (well, low-fat milk…)
So the news that high fat isn’t as bad as we thought and actually sugar is the problem is relatively old news (see our blog on where we de-bunk some common diet myths form a new months ago). The over consumption of sugar has been tied to obesity, diabetes, inflammatory-related pain and much, much more. Because of this, it is recommended by the World Health Organisation that we shouldn’t be consuming calories from sugary drinks.
The one exception to this, however, is reduced-fat milk. In fact, the American Medical Association recommend that children drink three cups a day. Full fat milk has proportionately lower levels of sugar than reduced-fat options yet whole milk is vilified for it’s fat content – a whopping 4 whole percent. Not exactly high fat!
While saturated fat was the villain for decades, a 2010 analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggested that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease”.
Furthermore, there are numerous benefits to drinking full-fat milk – in it’s most pure state (raw, organic) research has shown it has the potential to promote heart health, control diabetes, aid mineral absorption, lower bowel cancer risk and even help weight-loss.
Milk is also by far the most cost-effective post-exercise recovery drink, high in protein and amino acids, it quenches thirst and repairs any muscle micro-strains you may have sustained!
However, before you consume more whole milk, do take care to consider the organic vs. non-organic options as there may be 20+painkillers or antibiotics lurking in your milk.