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Dairy-Free Diets Warning Over Risk to Bone Health

Dairy products such as milk, cheese and yogurt provide important nutrients for your body, but many millennials are opting out of dairy products, claiming they are allergic or intolerant to them. However, according to BBC.com, not as many people are sensitive to dairy products as claimed. The news agency suggests consuming three portions a day of low-fat cheeses and skimmed milk to make sure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet.

The article adds that vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish and white flour are also options for obtaining dietary calcium, along with fortified soya and almond milk. But therein lies the problem: Dairy products “skimmed” of their natural fats and “fortified” with supplements that add synthetic nutrients and/or flavors are NOT healthy, particularly since there is no conclusive proof that a low-fat diet has any positive effects on health.

In fact, it’s now known that skimmed-milk products might even be detrimental, because when you replace saturated fat with refined carbohydrates, you exacerbate insulin resistance and obesity. Studies not only show that people who eat full-fat dairy may have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes and obesity than those who eat low-fat dairy, but that those who eat HIGH-fat diets are on the road to combating obesity.

The truth is eating fat does not make you fat; in fact, as I show in my new book, “Fat for Fuel,” eating the right types of high-quality fats can help you get on the road to health. These healthy fats should represent 75 to 85 percent of your daily calories, but again the key is HEALTHY fats. Limit polyunsaturated fat to less than 10 percent and do not exceed 5 percent of your calories as omega-6 fats.