What's the Deal With Dairy?

Dairy, it's the best source of calcium in our lives.  Or so we are told be believe.  But what really is the deal with dairy? Is it really the best source of calcium? Low-fat dairy has gotten a reputation for being healthy, but in doing so has voided important nutrient found in dairy fat.

What if I told you dairy is not about the calcium!? Shocking!!  What if I told you that the ONLY healthy dairy products are full fat...hypocrisy!

Heres a list of how high-fat dairy can help your health:

  • Calms Chronic inflammation
  • Reduces LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Decreases risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Protects against osteoporosis

Why is dairy fat okay to eat?  They have those killer saturated fats in them, right?  Saturated fats have been made out to believe they are dangerous to your health.  But research is know showing that saturated fats actually are not the enemy (but that's for a later post).  Full fat dairy has two chemicals called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and butyric acid. 

CLA has many benefits including aiding battles against certain cancers such as breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and stomach.  In fact, a human study showed that eating four servings of high-fat dairy each day lowered risks of bowel cancer by 41% compared to those who ate less than one serving per day.

Butyric acid, or butyrate, is a short chain fatty acid that comes from two primary sources: fermentation of prebiotic fibers in the gut, and the consumption of dairy fats.  Butyrate is a great anti-inflammatory in the colon which helps increase gut health and decrease the risk of colon cancer.  Because of the anti-inflammatory effect, it is a powerful aid in immune response.

It's my opinion that the true culprit of dairy intolerance comes from the hormone ladened, steroid boosted cows milk that is pasteurizing and homogenized.  The combination of those factors lead to a host of problems in the human body.  So what in the realm of dairy can be consumed? Anything really.  Well, anything that is in a "raw" form of dairy.  Meaning raw milk (straight from a hormone/steroid free cow), full-fat greek yogurt, cheese, and grass-fed butter.  These forms of dairy contain great amounts of healthy fats, CLA, and butyrate.

Of course, there are those people that unfortunately cannot consume dairy due the lack of lactase production in the digestive system.  And although dairy products have great benefits to them, they are not essential for a healthy human body.

...Stay tuned for more posts on what to eat for those with dairy intolerance.

Kevin Molenda