Yes, you can consume full-fat dairy without causing metabolic disease

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A new analysis of the PURE study, recently published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, shows those who consume full-fat dairy have a lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

This adds to the growing body of literature showing full-fat dairy is associated with a lower risk for obesity and has no association with increased risk for heart disease or death.

As we detailed in our evidence-based guide on saturated fat, there is no quality evidence to suggest dairy, or any other form of saturated fat, is a health concern.

While the current study is observational and cannot prove dairy reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes, it certainly suggests it isn’t harmful. After all, if those consuming more full-fat dairy had a lower risk of metabolic disease, it is highly unlikely that it causes metabolic disease.

So, although we have to be careful when attempting to draw conclusions from nutritional epidemiology studies, a negative conclusion is still effective at suggesting no harm.

How much more evidence do we need to abandon the belief that low-fat dairy is the healthier choice? For me, the answer is clear. None. I just hope nutritional guidelines realize this soon, for the sake of all of our health.

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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