For years we’ve been concerned about choosing low-fat dairy options, hearing all the bad news about full-fat products and the horrible “saturated” variety when it comes to cardiovascular health, diabetes, and more. It seems that recently, some health professionals are of the opinion that full-fat butter, cheese, milk, ice cream, and other products could actually be good for us. Could this possibly be true? It all depends.
As a contract food services management company in Atlanta, we know that everyone has an opinion. Low-fat dairy is still recommended by the American Heart Association as the best choice, but more and more we see fitness icons indulging in whole milk lattes on social media, and more products that are full-fat on grocery store shelves. What does all this mean?
Ultimately it means to be smart about what we eat. There have been several studies done in recent years, some finding that cheese, milk, and other dairy products that are full-fat actually don’t contribute to cardiovascular disease while others couldn’t find a solid connection between dairy and cardio disease, whether negative or positive. However, it’s important to note some of the authors in these studies weren’t certain of the validity of sources.
Considering the dairy industry conducts or funds some of the studies, it’s probably fair to say some of the results may be a bit biased.
It’s a known fact that olive oil is a heart-healthy fat that lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease – a smart choice when compared with butter for cooking. The point here? You can enjoy cooking with butter occasionally, but don’t make drowning your food in butter a daily practice.
Healthy eating and including full-fat dairy products into your diet is all about balance. Should you choose to incorporate saturated fat in what you eat or the meals you prepare, remember that these fats should be limited to five to seven percent of total daily caloric intake. While dairy fat is a component of healthy eating, as with other things, moderation is key.
At Gourmet Services, Inc. we understand it’s not just about delicious food, but healthy eating. For all of your contract food services management needs, trust our team to go beyond your expectations.