Reasearch was done that found that the subjects who used whole milk,cream, and butter had a lowerrisk of becoming obese than did people who avoided fattier dairy products. At the same time, a European review of 16 studies found most of them showed a lower risk of obesity for people who consumed high-fat dairy products. And if that wasn't enough, a study last year found kids who drank low-fat milk gained weight!  

It's actually not as nutty as it sounds, though. The crazier thing is to be pounding not just dairy but just about any food labeled low or fat-free. As Esther Blum explains in her new book Cave Women Don't Get Fat:

... there’s currently such an outcry about highly processed foods that are marketed as “no fat” or “low fat.” These alleged diet foods are filled with sugars, salt, and unhealthy fat substitutes, yet because they’re packaged in “low-calorie” servings, we’re mislead to believe that they’re somehow good for our bodies. Oh, if this were only true! But it’s not.

A National Dairy Council executive also told NPR the link between full-fat dairy and lowered obesity may be attributed to "bioactive substances in the milk fat" that may help us burn off the fat. Something to consider!

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