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Heart health and dairy fat are linked in a very good way.

August 12, 2022

Have you heard the myth in our culture that all fat is bad fat? 

This nutritional ideology seems to have started in the 1950s and has been perpetuated ever since. The idea is that the more fat you eat, the more cholesterol you have, and the lower your heart health.

The history of the lipid hypothesis is huge. If you’d like to learn more, I highly recommend reading “The Skinny on Fats” by Sally Fallon.

The reality is that all fat is not automatically bad. It depends on the type of fat.

Heart disease is fairly new in human history. It basically didn’t exist before the 1920s. And now, heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States. Wow! 

So… let’s see. What food changes have happened since the early 1900s? Hydrogenated vegetable shortenings like Crisco, fake butter like margarine, oil extraction with heat and chemicals, homogenization of milk, etc. 

Humans learned to modify fats in an effort to make food cheaper, more shelf stable, and more consistent. Mission accomplished. But, it seems that these technological food inventions may have had a negative impact on our overall health.

New research shows that people who eat dairy fats - milk, yogurt, butter, cheese - are less likely to develop heart disease.

The study looked at the link between fat intake, cardiovascular health, and all-cause mortality in 4,150 older Swedish adults over a span of 16 years. It specifically measured “serum pentadecanoic acid”, a biomarker of dairy fat intake.

In addition to their own findings, the researchers also did a meta-analysis with 18 other studies from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Denmark. All were aligned.

The study found a linear relationship between dairy intake and cardiovascular health. Basically, the more dairy fat someone ate, the better their heart health.

Although the findings don’t necessarily show that dairy fats protect against cardiovascular problems, it does show that the longstanding myth that dairy is harmful to your heart health is just wrong.

This just makes logical sense. I mean, milk is the first food a human eats. And, humans have been consuming dairy from other animals for at least 6,000 years.

You cannot deny that dairy is delicious. There’s just something special about a cold glass of milk, a heaping amount of cream in your coffee or tea, a bowl of yogurt topped with maple syrup, butter slathered on bread or veggies… and cheese. I mean, isn’t cheese just amazing!?

Miller’s Bio Farm goes a few steps further with its dairy. It’s our goal to produce the most nutrient-dense, most digestible, most delicious products possible.

Our dairy is always:

  • Regeneratively farmed
  • 100% A2/A2 (proven with genetic tests)
  • Whole cream 
  • Non-homogenized
  • Minimally processed
  • No Chemicals, Antibiotics, Hormones, or GMOs
  • 100% grass-fed cows, 100% grass-fed water buffalo, and goats have free choice between pasture/hay and organic soy-free feed
  • From humanely raised animals living on pasture

Do you eat dairy? Have you been on a low-fat diet or high-fat diet? What have you noticed about your body and its relationship with dairy and fat? 

I’d love to hear from you. Comment below (no account required - start typing to post as a guest) or contact us.

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