I recently switched from reduced-fat to full-fat dairy products as they contain more nutrients. But I’m worried I’ve added too many saturated fats…
HEALTH EXPERTS RECOMMEND low-fat dairy products rather than full-fat ones as they’re lower in saturated fat – important because it’s high intakes of saturates that contribute to high blood cholesterol, one of the main risk factors for heart disease.
Don’t worry about losing nutrients with low-fat options. Reduced-fat dairy has similar amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals to full-fat. For example, 100ml full-fat milk has 3.4mg protein and 120mg calcium; the same amount of skimmed milk has 3.5g protein and 125mg calcium! But you save 2.3g saturated fat.
If you have ½ pint milk a day, that saves almost 7g saturates – more than a third of the recommended maximum we should have in a day. The exception is fat-soluble vitamin A, which is lost with the fat from milk when it’s removed. But you can easily get enough vitamin A from foods such as orange and red fruits and veg, and green leafy veg – good sources of beta-carotene, which the body uses to make vitamin A.
We advise going back to reduced-fat dairy as part of a healthy eating plan.