The reason this comes up usually stems from the long-held belief that the saturated fat in dairy causes heart disease. However, recent studies have begun to change how we should view dairy as well as saturated fat in general.

In 2010, a study by Harvard researchers published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that an increased dairy consumption led to less body fat, higher levels of good cholesterol, lower triglycerides, smaller waist circumferences and better insulin efficiency.

Another study, this one published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that overweight people were actually protected from getting heavier and developing insulin resistance when they consumed an increased amount of dairy. Part of the reason for this may be how dairy affects the response of our gastrointestinal hormones.

But don’t run out the door for a banana split just yet! Just because it’s dairy, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.

Ice cream, because of the sugar, is not the healthiest way to get dairy, for example. The best types of dairy in terms of this manner of protection were found to be fermented dairy, like cheese and yogurt.

While yogurt may help you in that regard, it’s important to pay attention to other ingredients as well, like sugar. Lots of added sugar basically changes healthy food into candy. With yogurt, finding a low-fat version is not nearly as important as one without a large amount of sugar.

Our Olumia Life Chief Scientist, Dr. Willey, drinks 2% milk and doesn’t hesitate to put a little cream in his coffee.

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