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Major Shift About Whole Milk — Now a Health Food?

Posted by 73SHARK 6 months, 1 week ago to Science
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For decades, Americans have been told to avoid whole milk due to its saturated fat
content, which has been falsely accused of clogging arteries and causing heart disease.
This guidance goes back to the first edition of the dietary guidelines, issued in 1980, and
most studies performed since then have exonerated full-fat whole milk

Most studies have found that dairy products are associated with lower risks of high blood
pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, regardless of fat content. And even though
full-fat dairy products have higher calorie content, they don’t appear to contribute to
weight gain either

A 2018 Lancet study found that, compared to those who did not consume dairy (milk,
yogurt and cheese), those who consumed two or more servings per day were 17% less
likely to die from any cause, 23% less likely to die from cardiovascular disease, and 34%
less likely to die from a stroke

Another large-scale trial found those with the highest levels of milk fats in their diet had a
29% lower incidence of Type 2 diabetes

The most ideal choices are products made from raw, unpasteurized milk, as the
pasteurization process destroys many valuable nutrients. Pasteurization also destroys
lactase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of lactose. Many people with lactose
intolerance have no problem drinking raw milk, because it has lactase in it
SOURCE URL: https://media.mercola.com/ImageServer/Public/2023/December/PDF/whole-milk-pdf.pdf


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  • Posted by $ Abaco 6 months, 1 week ago
    I married a Frenchie. Those women that I know all drink wine, eat tons of cheese, and all of them were smokers at one time. All have made it to 95. Many to 100. Cracks me up.
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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 6 months, 1 week ago
    Recall in the late 80s or early 90s the hysteria over eggs and cholesterol. The full court media press to disparage eggs flopped when the egg industry launched the marketing campaign "the incredible edible egg",

    SSDD
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    • Posted by CaptainKirk 6 months ago
      But LUCKY Charms is HEALTHIER than Eggs and Bacon according to the Fraud (Food) Guidelines!

      It's easy. If man MADE it... Don't EAT IT!
      Start there, get your health back, and keep asking better questions...

      They have been poisoning our minds, souls and our bodies for 70 years... They truly hate us!
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  • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 6 months, 1 week ago
    I believe NOTHING they say.
    I gather my own data. I see how long my Great Aunts and Uncles lived without the “help” of modern medicine. And they shoveled down the Bacon and Eggs whole milk and butter. They all made it into their 90s. Their children (boomers) have been kicking off in their 70s. Something is terribly wrong with the food supply.
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    • Posted by $ Abaco 6 months, 1 week ago
      Our food supply has become a bit of a joke. Lobbyists, I think, have the greatest influence over what's on our tables anymore. Just look at how our beef has been bastardized...gmo grain fed, drugged up mess.
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      • Posted by 6 months, 1 week ago
        Agree. One just has to look at the list of ingredients on most of the food we get off the shelf. It looks like an inventory of a high school chemistry closet.
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  • Posted by katrinam41 6 months ago
    I have used whole milk and lots of cheeses all of my life. The taste is so much better than those waxy plastic tasting substitutes. Grandma lived to 104 on that kind of food; bacon, eggs, sausage, buttered toast, roast beef (and she didn't trim anything!) On the other side of the family tree, my ancestors lived into their 100's regularly. I have never listened to the nonsense spewing from "scientific studies". I eat what tastes good. I am a halfway decent cook and I do understand nutrition, so my meals are generally healthy and enjoyable.
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  • Posted by Dobrien 6 months, 1 week ago
    I switched to whole milk about a year ago. I switched from margerine to butter 50 years ago.
    The reason is that it tastes better. Apparently,My taste buds have more brains than the so called health gods.
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 6 months ago
    whole milk, sure. Not pasteurizing? If local, fine. In distribution - stupid.

    The article below, refutes some of what you assert, and adds some of what you left out: " In the United States in 1938, milkborne outbreaks constituted approximately 25% of all disease outbreaks due to contaminated food and water," dropping to 1% post pasteurization.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science...
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  • Posted by $ sekeres 6 months, 1 week ago
    None of the "fresh whole" milk drinkers I know has ever gotten sick from it, but Pennsylvania "authorities" are (once again, on the assumption that uncooked equals sickening: https://www.pennlive.com/news/2024/01... on a campaign to decide what individuals will "permitted" to consume. Even IF the eggnog was the source of the problem (ground beef and leafy greens are the common sources : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti... it should be the choice of people to take their own chances. And, as the linked "Real Milk" article says, it's important to distinguish between "pre-pasteurized" and "fresh whole" milks.
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  • Posted by term2 6 months ago
    This is the age of hidden agendas. What people say nowadays has to be translated through a "hidden agenda filter". Particularly politician talk. I don't even listen to politicians now.
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  • Posted by $ blarman 6 months ago
    What I think is mostly being debunked are these generic one-size-fits-all nutrition admonitions, TBH. For people with high cholesterol (and taking statins), their doctor may advise them to limit their intake of eggs. But those are a specific subset of the population and not the rank-and-file. Same with milk. Same with protein. Same with carbs. And fat is something where it matters only after you hit your 30's - it is critical for healthy brain development in minors and our brains keep developing until our mid-twenties.

    People need to learn about the basics of nutrition and then take their own health into their hands. Get a nutritionist's or doctor's recommendations if there is something you are particularly concerned about. But take these "generic" recommendations with a grain of salt.
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    • Posted by STEVEDUNN46 6 months ago
      The proper human diet has been meat for a million years. All human
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      • Posted by $ blarman 6 months ago
        Humans have been eating humans for a million years? (Just kidding)

        The basic staple of most civilizations has been grain: primarily wheat and barley. Meat has always been far more expensive in absolute terms and still is. Dairy has long been a far more practical protein source, as is beans. And it's very easy to see this even today when you look at farming costs. According to the USDA, a farmer averages 37.6 bushels of wheat per acre at a max cost of $200 per acre. That's less than twenty cents per bushel. And one can make about 90 one-lb loaves of bread from that bushel of wheat. In contrast, each cow takes up nearly 2 acres for two years, and yields 500 lbs of meat. That same cow costs about $1500 to raise for the two years prior to slaughter. That's $3 per pound compared to a penny per loaf.

        Not saying I don't enjoy a good steak, but there's a reason restaurants give you free bread and not free steaks. ;)
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        • Posted by STEVEDUNN46 6 months ago
          Planting and harvesting crops on any scale has been around for about 12,000 years. It is a blip on the timeliness of human evolution. Eating meat is the evolved diet of humans. It is what we evolved to eat, digest, and nourish every cell of our bodies. Farming plants for 1w,000 years does not change that FACT.
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          • Posted by $ blarman 6 months ago
            So I'm curious. You believe that humans have been around for millions of years? That's a lot more than just the few thousands of years science even hypothesizes. That's several orders of magnitude more...

            You might also want to further investigate dentistry. Teeth tell a lot about diet...
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            • Posted by STEVEDUNN46 6 months ago
              You obviously are not educated about paleontology or the findings about teeth or what they know about the evolution of humanoids.
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              • Posted by $ blarman 6 months ago
                The field of paleontology is mostly guesses and a surprising dearth of fossil evidence. If you want to go out on that limb, go ahead. I restrict my observations to homo sapiens because that is the only line without major question marks.
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  • Posted by Eyecu2 6 months ago
    I worked for several years at a dairy plant and enjoyed raw milk on a daily basis. At that time my health was the best of my life and I never suffered from lactose intolerance. Since moving on from there I have always consumed full fat dairy products. I can speak from personal knowledge and would strongly suggest that one should only consume full fat dairy products. Moreover I would strongly suggest to never eat chocolate ice-cream, as chocolate ice-cream is to the dairy industry what hotdogs are to the meat industry.
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  • Posted by Aeronca 6 months, 1 week ago
    I wonder if the dairy industry experiences a problem with too much skim milk that they can't sell, because the cream and its products are in higher demand, like butter. So they ask the government to step in and boost their profits by confusing people to buy skim milk...?
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    • Posted by Eyecu2 6 months ago
      So many people are fooled into believing that milk fat is bad for you that skim milk is in high demand. Raw milk comes in at between 3.5 and 4.5% fat, depending on the breeds of cattle and the weather. Even the homogenized milk is skimmed down to 3.25% fat. The dairy plant that I used to work at also made ice-cream and still they sold 1 to 2 tankers a day of 50% cream.
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      • Posted by Aeronca 6 months ago
        There are differences in milk I like Whole-I used to drink the supermarket brand, one day, I got curious to taste Organic milk its in a red and yellow carton, I wanted to see what's the big deal why so expensive? Well it was worth it. The store milk tasted awful by comparison. What a difference. Like they put hard tap water into it. I'm not into cultish environmentalism. But that organic milk is awesome.
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        • Posted by Eyecu2 6 months ago
          Actually as milk is a grade A product there is no difference between regular and organic milk. In fact all we did was change the labels as it was running. Another thing on the cottage cheese line we had 2 "different" products, small curd cottage cheese and smearcase. The smearcase was labeled as kosher but the small curd wasn't. It's the exact same thing only difference was the label. We had a rabbi come in twice a year to bless the equipment, he also got a check and then everything was Kosher/ organic. The whole organic thing is a sham at least when it comes to dairy products.
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