For years, decades, lifetimes, the government has steered us away from whole milk in favor of low-fat or fat-free milk.
Why? It's obvious: Less fat means less heart disease risk ... right?
Well, actually, recent studies have not only failed to prove that link exists; they've found the complete opposite might be true, reports the Washington Post. Several studies have found that people who drank full-fat milk were, in fact, the ones with healthier hearts.
Sorry, skim milk lovers (if any of you actually exist).
In a 2013 study, New Zealand researchers could find no significant connection between consuming more dairy fat and levels of “bad” cholesterol.
So, many scientists now think "the fats in milk are, for some reason, different" and are urging the government to revise its dietary guidelines for milk. By warning people against full-fat dairy foods, the United States is "losing a huge opportunity for the prevention of disease," said Marcia Otto, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Texas. "What we have learned over the last decade is that certain foods that are high in fat seem to be beneficial."
We may have been thinking backwards this whole time about the stuff we sneak straight from the carton — much to the dismay of our mothers — but that doesn't mean we should just start chugging whole milk on the regular. The "good" fat it has is still fat — and much like everything else delicious in the world, too much of it is, unfortunately, not a good thing.
(h/t Washington Post)