Full-Fat Cheese Has Many Health Benefits, Including Weight Loss

Trading saturated fats for added sugars and trans fats in our diet is among the worst lifestyle alterations to occur in modern history. We now know this is a recipe for obesity, heart disease, cancer and other chronic diseases.1,2

Many of these illnesses are now showing up in children, who are exposed to these ingredients even prior to birth through their mothers’ diets.

The preponderance of research shows that once you reach 18 percent of your daily calories from added sugar, there’s a 200 percent increase in metabolic harm that promotes prediabetes and diabetes.3

Fortunately, the low-fat recommendation — which flourished as a result of flawed science linking heart disease with saturated fat and the suppression of research showing sugar was to blame — is finally, albeit slowly, starting to lose its stronghold. (more…)

Pasteurized Milk Speeds Death, Heart Disease, Cancer, Bone Fractures; Yogurt and Cheese Have Opposite Effects

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A large study by researchers from the City University of New York has found that pasteurized milk increases the risk of death and the risk of bone fractures, while the yogurt and cheese has the opposite effects.

The research, published in the British Medical Journal, followed 61,433 women between 39 and 74 years old at the beginning of the study and 45,339 men aged between 45 and 79 years old at the beginning of the study.

The researchers then followed the women for an average of 20 years and followed the men for an average of 11 years. The researchers then correlated the average number of glasses of milk per day was consumed over that period, using food frequency questionnaires.

The researchers measured death among the groups and bone fracture rates along with inflammation markers PGF2-alpha collected from urine and interleukin-6 (IL-6) collected from the blood.

Women Milk Drinkers Died Sooner

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Does Whole Milk Help Prevent Diabetes?

milkWe’re often told to forgo whole milk, cheese and yogurt in favor of low-fat or skim — but recent research suggests that the higher-fat dairy foods may provide significant protection against diabetes. Background: Dairy products naturally contain a fatty acid called trans-palmitoleic acid. The higher the dairy fat content, the more trans-palmitoleic acid. People who consume whole-fat dairy foods tend to have higher blood levels of trans-palmitoleic acid.

New study: In 1992, researchers took blood samples from 3,736 adults, then followed the participants for 14 years. Results: Compared with people whose blood levels of trans-palmitoleic acid were lowest, those whose blood levels were highest were 62% less likely to develop diabetes… and they also had more healthful levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin and C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation) and slightly less body fat. Theory: Trans-palmitoleic acid affects metabolism in beneficial ways. (more…)

Vegetarianism – Part 1: A Philosophical and Historical Perspective

Earlier this year, the United Nations released a report which stated that a “substantial worldwide diet change” will be needed to reduce the effects of agriculture on the environment. Not surprisingly, the substantial change recommended by the UN is a move away from the consumption of animal products. As noted on the Guardian website, the UN report urges a global shift toward a meat- and dairy-free diet to help “save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.”1,2 (more…)

Is Dairy Healthy? The Whole Story – Part 3

Pasteurization – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I am going to assume that you all know that pasteurization is the method by which milk is heated to destroy bacteria that may cause harm, as I am not going to get into technicalities of what it is and the different techniques available. Anyway, it does seem all well and good right? It destroys harmful bacteria, making contamination almost impossible.  Is it really all it is cracked up to be, though? (more…)

Daily Supplementation of Milk-Based Phospholipids Improve Memory.

Stress refers to anything that disturbs an individual’s physical, mental, or emotional equilibrium. The body has numerous stress response mechanisms and stress can affect the body in many different ways. In fact the same form of stress might cause one individual to get a migraine, a second person to have an ulcer attack, and a third to have elevated blood pressure. Stress has been linked to a number of diseases including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. (more…)

Is Dairy Healthy? The Whole Story – Part 1

Dairy: perhaps the most controversial food in history.

While some people would argue that we shouldn’t consume dairy at all, others recommend getting at least three servings per day. There is fat-free, 1%, 2%, whole, cream, butter, and more. There is also the pasteurization, ultra-pasteurized and raw debate.  Who is right?  What fat content is the best?  Should you eat raw dairy? (more…)

Daily Supplementation of Milk-Based Phospholipids Improve Memory

Stress refers to anything that disturbs an individual’s physical, mental, or emotional equilibrium. The body has numerous stress response mechanisms and stress can affect the body in many different ways. In fact the same form of stress might cause one individual to get a migraine, a second person to have an ulcer attack, and a third to have elevated blood pressure. Stress has been linked to a number of diseases including heart disease, cancer, and stroke. (more…)