If you prefer the taste of full-fat milk — and yogurt and cheese — we’ve got some fantastic news for you. For years, we’ve been fed the lie that fat is bad. We’ve been taught that eating fat (even “good” fats like avocado, nuts, cheese, and oily fish) was a one-way ticket to extreme weight gain. But now, new health guidelines released by the Heart Foundation prove that we can eat all the full-fat dairy we like!
Dietitian Maria Packart says scientific research shows that for most healthy individuals, whether you eat low-fat or full-fat milk, cheese and yogurt, both options have very little negative impacts on both your heart health and your waistline.
“The evidence was saying the risk didn’t increase or decrease. It’s more about having an option and drinking whatever you prefer,” explained Packart.
“The recommendation is unflavored, full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese are an option, but for people who have high cholesterol or heart disease, we recommend low fat products,” she said.
Aside from your morning coffee, Maria says the best way to eat yogurt and fruit is as a snack between meals. So yogurt with fruit and seeds on top for a morning snack, or cheese and wholegrain crackers in the afternoon.
But if you think permission to consume full-fat dairy means you can go nuts on the butter and cream, apologies — it’s not.
Packart says we still need to be careful about eating too many of these foods, because they’re still loaded with the bad kinds of fat. “These guidelines don’t apply to products like cream and dairy-based desserts,” she said.
“Cream and butter are still linked to having the type of saturated fatty acids which do affect our health.” Sorry, keto diet fans. Looks like all that fat isn’t too good for you.
So if you prefer the taste of full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese, go for it! You can now eat your favorite dairy foods guilt-free, safe in the knowledge you’re also doing amazing things for your bones and gut. What’s not to love?
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.