• Virginie, Naturopath

Heart Foundation recognises mistake

I can’t think of a a food that is more controversial than milk! Everyone has a strong opinion on whether you should consume it or not and depending on which side of the nutritional fence you sit, whether you should drink its low-fat or full-fat variety!

I try to look at milk the way I look at every food. Avoid the processed variety!

For me, it means to avoid the sugar-loaded flavoured milks and to keep it the way nature produces it: full fat. The reason is quite simple really: the fat in milk assist in the absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D. The fat also balances its sugar content.

Until very recently the Heart Foundation encouraged people to drink the low fat variety. It claimed that full fat milk increased risks of heart issues. However after reviewing all the studies available, it is now acknowledging that they were wrong. Unless you have a pre-existing heart condition, there is absolutely no link between consumption of full fat milk and increase risks of heart disease or stroke.

So here we go, no more guilt about enjoying whole full fat milk!

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