These national guidelines were introduced in the UK in 1983, following studies which suggested saturated fat is the chief villain when it comes to obesity and heart disease. Over the ensuing seven decades, randomised trials and meta-analyses have repeatedly questioned the merits of a low-fat diet – but it has been enshrined in American and British health guidance, and in our national psyche.  “As scientists dug deeper into the effects of fat on health, it became clear that full-fat dairy […]

It’s true. Milk does the body good. Milk and other dairy foods provide protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A, D, and B12 and other nutrients that are vital to your body and how it functions. On the flip side, however, some dairy foods also contain saturated fat — a fat that can raise low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which increases the risk of heart disease. But some recent research suggests that eating milk, cheese and yogurt — regardless of fat content […]

Fat is back. At least, according to the Waitrose 2023 Food and Drink report. Low-fat dairy alternatives are one of the food and drink trends falling out of favour, with one-third of the 2,000 people they surveyed saying they’ve switched from eating a low-fat dairy product to a full-fat one. Since the ‘fat-free’ fad diet craze of the 1980s, which led to the US and UK introducing dietary guidelines with the aim of reducing fat intake, fat has been deemed […]

If weight loss is your goal, then the term “full-fat” might raise your eyebrows. Full-fat foods are often associated with indulgence, but what if we told you that embracing certain full-fat foods could be a game-changer on your journey to shedding those extra pounds? In this article, we chatted with Catherine Gervacio, RND, a registered nutritionist-dietitian and certified exercise nutrition coach at EHProject, who shares 10 of the best full-fat foods for weight loss that will satisfy your taste buds. For […]

Scan the dairy case of any grocery store, and you’ll find rows upon rows of products with varying levels of fat. Nonfat, low-fat, whole: What’s the healthiest option? If you consult the U.S. dietary guidelines or health authorities like the American Heart Association or the World Health Organization, the answer is clear: Choose a fat-free or low-fat version. This recommendation stems from the idea that full-fat dairy products are high in saturated fats, so choosing lower-fat versions can reduce your […]

WASHINGTON — Roberta Wagner, senior vice president for regulatory and scientific affairs with the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), provided oral testimony today to the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC)—a panel of 20 nutrition and public health experts tasked with providing a scientific report to inform the federal government’s next update to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). In her testimony, Wagner stressed that 90 percent of Americans do not consume enough dairy to meet dietary recommendations, according to […]

You can listen to more articles from The Conversation, narrated by Noa, here. When it comes to dairy products do you tend to buy full-fat or low-fat products? For many people, going for low-fat options can seem like the “healthier” choice. Indeed, a 2020 survey in the US found that out of 1,000 people questioned, one in three sought out “low fat” or “reduced fat” foods or drinks, with dairy being the most common food category for low–fat options. But […]

Key Takeaways A new study found a potential association between higher dairy fat intake and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. However, the study was observational—meaning that the researchers cannot conclude causality between fatty acid biomarkers in participants’ blood and their risk for heart disease. The current guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) recommend that most people focus on including low-fat and nonfat dairy sources in their diets to promote heart health. A study published in PLOS Medicine found […]