Dangerous news about dairy
There’s a common misconception about food that I’d like to clear up right now.
You may be reaching for low-fat products because you’ve been told that fat is bad… and that the less fat there is in your food, the better.
And yes, “low fat” products may have fewer calories — but that doesn’t mean they’re better for you.
In fact, nothing could be further from the truth — especially when it comes to dairy!
As I’ve shared with you before, you need SOME fat to maintain optimal health. After all, your brain is mostly FAT!
And now, the American Academy of Neurology has just published a study that shows that people who consume low-fat dairy multiple times a day have a greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
I’ve managed to keep my own Parkinson’s from progressing for the greater part of a dozen years — and while I always keep my eyes and ears open for new potential therapies and other treatments, I’m particularly attuned to the news of ANYTHING that might put folks at greater risk of it.
The researchers looked at health and diet information collected from over 80,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study and over 48,000 men enrolled in the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study who filled out questionnaires every couple of years over the course of a quarter-century.
Researchers examined what kinds of dairy each person ate, including milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, butter, and sherbet.
Turns out that folks who consumed at least three daily servings of low-fat milk, cream, cheese, yogurt, butter, ice cream, or what have you, were 34 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s than folks who ate less than one serving a day of these low-fat products.
It got even worse when they looked specifically at drinkers of skim and low-fat milk. The people who preferred the “skinny” milk to whole milk had a 39 percent GREATER chance of developing Parkinson’s!
Ever since I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I’ve found myself poring over the latest research on this neurodegenerative disease, and this dairy connection makes a lot of sense.
As I recently shared with you right here in eTips, Parkinson’s disease may actually begin in your gut — and dairy’s been linked to lots of health concerns that also start in your gut, like IBS, prostate cancer, allergies, and iron deficiencies.
Of course, as I always say, your overall health begins and ends in your gut.
To protect it, start by going Paleo. The diet’s lean meats, fish, and fresh veggies will “feed” your GI tract with healthy fats and plenty of fiber.
A fish oil supplement that’s got a high dose of two key omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA) will go a long way in protecting both your gut and your brain.
Finally, I always recommend my patients take a daily supplement of probiotics (a.k.a. “good” bacteria), but you can also eat Paleo-friendly, probiotic-rich foods like Greek yogurt (the full fat kind), sauerkraut, kimchi, and kombucha.