Was milk really a bad choice? Maybe not.Dairy products have picked up a bad rap in recent years. (And really, when was the last time you saw a grown-up down a glass of milk?) That's likely because of several reasons: Dairy can be fatty. In fact, the type of fat found in whole-fat dairy products is saturated fat, which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease by damaging arteries and increasing the "bad" LDL cholesterol that clogs them up. Too much saturated fat also causes weight gain.
What's more, some people have a tough time digesting dairy. And it can be tricky to separate smart nutrition advice from propaganda given the dairy industry's funding of government programs and dairy research.
But believe it or not, dairy does pack an undeniable punch of bone-healthy nutrients. The key is to make informed choices when choosing your dairy.
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For the Bones
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