More research undermines the us government’s case against whole milk – the boston globe

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WASHINGTON — The ‘‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’’ have recommended for decades that people steer clear of whole milk, but recently the scientific support for that guidance has been eroding, and new research published Thursday underscored the idea that millions of people might have been healthier had they ignored the government’s advice.

The research, published in the Journal of Nutrition,


finds that people who consume full-fat dairy products such as whole milk are less likely to be afflicted with so-called ‘‘metabolic syndrome,’’ a set of related risk factors predicting heart disease and diabetes.

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‘‘Dietary recommendations to avoid full-fat dairy intake are not supported by our findings,’’ the researchers said.

The study of more than 15,000 civil servants in Brazil examined the connection between the types of dairy products people consume and their likelihood to suffer from metabolic syndrome. The syndrome is characterized by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, belly fat, and risky levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.

What the researchers found is that consumption of full-fat dairy products such as whole milk, as well as butter and yogurt, was associated with lower likelihood of the risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome. Consumption of low-fat dairy products, by contrast, was not associated with this health advantage, the researchers noted. The study was supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.

The study out of Brazil likely will add to the controversy around the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which is being updated this year by the USDA and the Department of Health and Human Services.

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