The skinny on the dairy paradox: ‘It’s enough to make you weep into your skinny latte. The “dairy fat paradox” is the suggestion that if you opt for low-fat versions of dairy products you are more likely to become obese than people who eat full-fat versions.
Two recent studies have added weight to this idea. A Swedish study of 1782 men in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care says that consumption of full-fat dairy products is correlated with a lower risk of developing central obesity – excessive weight gain around the abdomen. A separate and more recent meta-analysis of 16 relevant studies in the European Journal of Nutrition echoes the weight-gain link.
Jon White asks US nutritionist Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health for his views on the evidence…’ (New Scientist).