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Nutrition Myth #6: Only drink low-fat milk.

low fat milkNutrition Myth #6:  When drinking milk, consume only that which is low in fat.  This will help lower cholesterol, which is a risk for heart disease.  TRUTH:  Glycosphingolipids, fats that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly, are found in WHOLE MILK.  Children who drink skim milk and thus don’t get the benefits of these fats have diarrhea at rates three to five times greater than children who drink whole milk.

The concern about cholesterol is unfounded.  The body makes cholesterol as needed to produce a variety of steroids that PROTECT against cancer, heart disease and mental illness.  It is also an antioxidant, which helps reduce inflammation.  Cholesterol is the precursor to the sex hormones, stress hormones, bile salts and vitamin D.  Breast milk is high in cholesterol because it is essential for growth and development of the brain and nervous system.  NO research has ever shown that cholesterol in natural foods causes heart disease.

Powdered skim milk is added to reduced fat milk (1% and 2% are the most popular) to give the watery mixture body and make it palatable.  Commercial dehydration methods oxidize cholesterol in powdered milk, rendering it harmful to the arteries.  High temperature drying also creates large quantities of crosslinked proteins and nitrate compounds, which are potent carcinogens, as well as free glutamic acid, which is toxic to the nervous system.

Consumers have been duped into believing that low-fat and skim milk products are good for them.  Only by marketing low-fat and skim milk as a health food can the modern dairy industry get rid of its excess poor-quality milk from modern high production herds.  Butter fat contains vitamins A and D needed for assimilation of calcium and protein in the water fraction of the milk.  Without them protein and calcium are more difficult to utilize and possibly toxic.  Butterfat is rich in short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which protect against disease and stimulate the immune system.  It also is an excellent source of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) that has strong anticancer properties.

What truly makes sense is to remove ALL reduced fat and skim milk from the store shelves and leaves ONLY whole milk.  Best of all is raw natural pasture fed cows’ milk – a tremendously healthy drink.

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