Full Fat vs Low Fat

“Drinking full fat milk will make you gain weight”. ” Go for margarine its better for you then butter.” ” Full fat yoghurt is bad for you always go for the low fat option.”  You’ve undoubtedly heard a lot of these statements before. But how true are they? A lot of recent research proves that they are not!

There are many conflicting studies out there that vary results on low fat vs high fat products.

There are several recent studies that suggest full fat products (such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter, etc) are much more beneficial for your health then low-fat because:

  • People who reduce how much fat they eat, tend to replace it with sugar or carbohydrates, both of which can have a worst effect on insulin and diabetes.

  • Low fat products tend to have more sugar in them to compensate for the flavour of the product. In a study conducted in the Circulation journal, among over 3000 adults took part in a follow up study for over 15 years. The findings suggested that those who had higher levels of three different by-products of full fat dairy had over 46% lower risk of diabetes during this period then those with lower levels.

  • People who are consuming full fat products are consuming higher calories and feeling fuller for longer so therefore don’t feel the need to snack on sugary foods to full them up. Fat is a satiety nutrient, which slows down the release of sugar into your bloodstream and helps prevent overeating. A long term study was conducted on over 18,000 middle aged  women where they found that high fat diary was linked to a reduced likelihood of becoming overweight through the years.

  • Full fat products tend to have less lactose then low fat making it easier for those to digest who are lactose intolerant or have digestive problems. Butyric acid is found in full fat products and has potential properties of treating irritable bowel syndrome according to one study.

There are so many different products out there these days especially among milk- almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, soy milk and the list goes on! I have made almond and cashew milk from scratch and it tasted amazing. The benefit of this is you know there is no added preservatives, flavouring or emulsifiers. I think the lesson here is don’t believe everything that is on the internet do your research and do what works for you and the best possible outcome for your health!

Remember that Nutrition is the Key to Health

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