Full-fat dairy has long suffered from an unfortunate stigma: Amid America's cultural obsession with low-fat diets, the conventional wisdom has become that it's healthier to consume low- or no-fat dairy products. But now, there's evidence to suggest that there are actually health benefits to consuming the whole-fat stuff—which is great news for people like us, who believe it tastes superior to its low- or no-fat counterparts.
According to Time, "large population studies that look at possible links between full-fat dairy consumption, weight and disease risk are starting to call" into question the longstanding dietary guidelines advising the consumption of low-fat dairy. This is per the journal Circulation, which published a recent report showing that people who consume full-fat dairy are 46 percent less likely to get diabetes than those who do not.
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“I think these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products,” said Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, one of the authors of the Circulation study, according to Time. “There is no prospective human evidence that people who eat low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.”