For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?

  • metta

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    Oct 07, 2015 3:48 PM GMT
    For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonkblog/wp/2015/10/06/for-decades-the-government-steered-millions-away-from-whole-milk-was-that-wrong/
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    Oct 07, 2015 8:41 PM GMT


    Very interesting, my grandparents drank whole milk all of their lives and lived into their 90's. My mom, who didn't drink much milk at all, died very young at 65

    After drinking 2% milk for some 30 years, I have tried whole milk and its just "too thick" now to enjoy, except for making chocolate milk or chocolate shakes icon_confused.gif



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    Oct 08, 2015 1:09 PM GMT
    Whole Milk, is far healthier. It has more Calcium and more Protein. Maybe they should've advised against excessive binging on Fatty foods and too much Fast Foods. Then they could curb Heart Attacks and persons with High Cholestrol. The bottom line is, 'You are what you eat!'
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    Oct 08, 2015 2:21 PM GMT
    It was part of the low-fat myth that made America obese.
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    Oct 08, 2015 3:52 PM GMT
    People don't realize that if they eat or drink full, healthy fat foods in moderation they will feel full longer and tend not to overeat at meals and snack on unhealthy foods between meals.
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    Oct 08, 2015 3:55 PM GMT
    did you ever drive past a commercial dairy. the odor will oxidize the paint on my daily driver. I here people living next to a Sriracha hot sauce factory have the same issue.

    had a small organic dairy next to my house, lots of mice.

    enjoy
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    Oct 08, 2015 8:55 PM GMT
    These things are difficult to evaluate. People do not all respond the same way to diets. For example, some people can consume large amounts of saturated fats and still have very healthful cholesterol levels while other people have to maintain a diet that is low in saturated fats to keep their cholesterol levels within a safe range.

    Statistics can also be misleading. Years ago it was found that older people who smoked were more likely to die soon if they quit smoking than if they continued to smoke. A more careful study found that older people who smoked and were healthy were less likely to quit smoking than people who had serious health problems.

    The studies comparing the health effects of drinking low fat milk instead of whole milk may have confounding factors which produce misleading results. Before reaching any conclusions, it would be a good idea to wait until there are more studies, including studies that control for factors that may not have been taken into consideration.
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    Oct 08, 2015 9:06 PM GMT
    I drank lots of whole milk all my life, regardless of government studies, or any others. I'd still drink it today, but now I'm doing almond milk instead.

    My problem is lactose intolerance, which tends to follow male family lines. My father had it at an early age, my youngest son as well. But it didn't hit me until much later in life.

    Today I avoid cow's milk not because of government advisories, but because of my own digestive problems with it. But I still think whole milk is delicious, and every now & then I sneak a glass. icon_redface.gif
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    Oct 08, 2015 9:54 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidThese things are difficult to evaluate. People do not all respond the same way to diets. For example, some people can consume large amounts of saturated fats and still have very healthful cholesterol levels while other people have to maintain a diet that is low in saturated fats to keep their cholesterol levels within a safe range.

    Statistics can also be misleading. Years ago it was found that older people who smoked were more likely to die soon if they quit smoking than if they continued to smoke. A more careful study found that older people who smoked and were healthy were less likely to quit smoking than people who had serious health problems.

    The studies comparing the health effects of drinking low fat milk instead of whole milk may have confounding factors which produce misleading results. Before reaching any conclusions, it would be a good idea to wait until there are more studies, including studies that control for factors that may not have been taken into consideration.


    I agree. It could be that people who drink whole milk tend to live in rural areas, eat fewer processed foods and lead less stressful and more active lives.