Although the USDA and most diet experts still recommend that Americans stick with low-fat milk and cheese, recent American Journal of Clinical Nutrition findings reveal that those who consume low-fat dairy are more apt to be heavy than those who enjoy full-fat products. Why? Those who eat these types of dairy products also tend to eat more carbs like bread and rice—likely because they’re consuming less satiating fats throughout the day, say researchers. Starchy foods are not only calorie-dense, but also cause blood sugar levels to spike, which may encourage weight gain so it’s a double edged sword.
These new findings align with previous research that noted that those who consume more high-fat dairy products typically weigh less and gain less weight over time than those who don’t consume fat-laden dairy. However, since many experts are still not convinced going full fat is the best bet for better health and a slimmer waistline, we suggest incorporating various types of dairy products into your diet until the health community is on the same page. Next time you head to the store, pick up a few full-fat yogurts along with some low-fat and 2 percent ones as well—the same goes for cheese, too.
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