❝ …Difficult as it may be for Millennials to imagine, the average American in the 1970s drank about 30 gallons of milk a year. That’s now down to 18 gallons, according to the Department of Agriculture. And just as it appears that the long arc of American beverage consumption could bend fully away from the udder, new evidence is making it more apparent that the perceived health risks of dairy fats (which are mostly saturated) are less clear than many previously believed.
❝ A new study this week in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is relevant to an ongoing vindication process for saturated fats, which turned many people away from dairy products such as whole milk, cheese, and butter in the 1980s and ’90s. An analysis of 2,907 adults found that people with higher and lower levels of dairy fats in their blood had the same rate of death during a 22-year period.
The implication is that it didn’t matter if people drank whole or skim or 2-percent milk, ate butter versus margarine, etc. The researchers concluded that dairy-fat consumption later in life “does not significantly influence total mortality.”
You can develop a sensitivity to dairy fats. Especially as you get to be a geezer. Like some allergic reactions, indigestion can be bothersome. There are intermediating OTC pills available. In my own case, I just stick to low-fat cheese, low and non-fat milk products…mostly…though I seem to have no problems with my new favorite cultured butter from Brittany by way of Trader Joe’s.
I don’t feel especially threatened. You don’t die from burps or farts. And I passed what was my projected end-of-shelf-life when I retired – several years ago.