I find it fascinating how stories spread sometimes. Recently I blogged about findings that whole-fat dairy reduces the risk of diabetes, contrary to what diet "experts" have been telling us for years about fat.
Now the story has gotten picked up by NPR:
The Full-Fat Paradox: Dairy Fat Linked To Lower Diabetes Risk
Now that the major news sources have the bit between their teeth, it's likely to get a lot of attention. This is good news for those who have been touting the health benefits to full-fat dairy for a while.
I have to admit, I've been drinking whole milk and choosing full-fat and cream-top yogurt for years now. I eat real butter, and even choose full-fat cheese when I have the option. And you know, I've actually seen my LDL cholesterol go down over the years, and my HDL go up.
Of course I already have diabetes, and it's type 1 so there's no reversing it. But I still think it's interesting that low-fat dairy is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. They're not establishing it as a causal relationship -- meaning they can't say they think choosing low-fat dairy makes you at a higher risk for it -- but the fact that the two things are connected somehow is undeniable.
One theory, put forth in the other article, is that people who consume more low-fat dairy make up the calories with a lot of carbs and sugar. Certainly there seems to be more sugar in low-fat dairy such as flavored yogurt. But it may also be that the higher fat content in whole-fat dairy keeps people feeling full longer, staving off cravings for carb-rich and sugary snacks.
Whatever the cause of the lower risk of diabetes, though, I definitely think it's worth turning to full-fat dairy. Plus, it just tastes better!