According to studies from both Harvard and Tufts universities, dairy fat from (you guessed it) dairy foods isn’t bad to include in your diet.
A 3,000-participant study looking into full-fat dairy and the risks of heart disease and diabetes found that people who included dairy fat in their diet had lower risks of diabetes. One theory suggests people who skip or limit dairy compensate with refined, low-fiber carbohydrates, can increase diabetes risk.
A similar study involving 200,000 people found no increase in heart disease risk among people who ate dairy fat – though the risks were lowered when calories from dairy fat were swapped with calories from plant-based fats or whole grains. Risk only increased when the source of calories were foods with other saturated fats, like red meat.
Butter, the slandered member of the dairy fat family, underwent study, too, and it’s role in heart disease and diabetes. The analysis found that while plant-based fats are healthier, small amounts of butter aren’t harmful.
What can we conclude from all this for your own diet planning? The old adage to enjoy in moderation. While it’s healthier to cook with olive oil, for example, you can indulge in a square of butter on your toast, or an ounce of cheese on whole-grain bread, or a serving of full-fat yogurt every once in a while.
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