Is Dairy Free Snacks a Bad Thing?
A recent study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on the nutritional and health effects of dairy-free foods found that a lack of dairy is detrimental to the health of the human body.
According to the NAS, the lack of dietary fiber, a component of milk and other dairy products, may contribute to the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and even premature death.
“The most notable finding of the study was that the higher the level of total fat in the diet, the greater the adverse effect on cardiovascular risk,” Dr. Katherine F. C. Bock, the lead author of the NAS study and professor of nutrition and public health at Harvard Medical School, told Lifehacker.
“This suggests that fat in dairy products may promote the development and accumulation of atherosclerosis in the body.
The authors also found that individuals who consume dairy products that are high in fat may be more susceptible to developing type 2 diabetics.”
Citing a recent study, the NAS also said that the “high fat and low carbohydrate diets have also been associated with a higher risk of obesity and type 2 diabetic disease.”
This finding was consistent with previous studies, which have shown that the consumption of low-fat dairy products has been associated in some studies with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
“There is now ample evidence that a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet can lead to a reduction in weight and even an increase in insulin sensitivity,” Bock said.
“In addition, the evidence indicates that dairy products are an excellent source of dietary fibre and other nutrients.”
This is not the first time dairy has been linked to heart disease.
Earlier this year, researchers from the University of Sydney, who were part of a study that looked at the effects of a low fat diet on the cardiovascular risk factors, found that those who consumed high amounts of milk had a greater risk of heart disease than those who ate low amounts of dairy.
“We found that dairy consumption was associated with reduced risk of coronary heart disease and type-2 diabetes,” Dr Michael G. O’Brien, the study’s lead author, said in a statement.
“It is important to note that the association between dairy consumption and cardiovascular risk is not a causal link.
This was an observational study and the results are still provisional.
There are many variables at play, and more research is needed to establish causality.”
The American Heart Association (AHA) has previously recommended that people eat a diet rich in whole, low-sugar and whole-fat foods.
According the AHA, it is “essential that people take steps to prevent cardiovascular disease.”
Dairy, specifically dairy products containing high amounts