It’s called trans-palmitoleic acid (TPA). It’s a natural trans fat – found mostly in dairy products. And, unlike the trans fats found in margarines, baked goods and other processed foods, it hasn’t been linked to heart trouble.
But this new study says it may promote better health several ways…
- Lower levels of body fat
- Higher levels of “good” (HDL) cholesterol
- Lower levels of triglycerides – fats circulating in the blood
- Lower levels of C-reactive protein – a warning sign of heart trouble
- Up to 60% lower risk of blood sugar problems
The researchers found that higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid promoted all these positive traits.(1) But even if you eat a fair amount of dairy, you may not be getting much TPA.
The problem is that TPA is a component of dairy fat. So low-fat dairy products don’t contain much. The best sources are full-fat dairy foods… the very foods you’ve been told for years to avoid.
We already know that dairy is a great source of protein and calcium. You need plenty of protein to build and maintain muscle mass. Calcium promotes bone health – and may help your body slow down fat accumulation.(2) Cultured dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, have the added benefit of probiotics – “good” bacteria that promote digestive health.
When you add in the benefits from this new study, full-fat dairy starts to look like a tremendous nutrition bargain. Especially considering how high your risk for blood sugar trouble really is.
The National Institutes of Health says more than 1 of every 10 adults has a serious blood sugar problem. But that number jumps to almost 1 in 4 by age 60.(3) Those aren’t good odds. So anything that could cut your risk by as much as 60% is great news.
This study still has to be confirmed by clinical trials. But we already know dairy offers some big health benefits. So I don’t see a down side to eating a few servings of full-fat dairy products every week.
Adding fresh fruit to unsweetened yogurt is a great way to enjoy dairy. Berries are especially good. They add sweetness, provide plenty of fiber and add a huge antioxidant boost. To get yogurt’s full benefit, be sure it contains live, active cultures.
Another plus for yogurt: It contains less lactose – milk sugar – than most other dairy products. So it’s less likely to cause digestive problems.
Yogurt and berries make a terrific breakfast. And if this new study is confirmed, they may also help you avoid the hassle and expense of trying to manage out-of-control blood sugar. All thanks to a healthy trans fat.
1 Mozaffarian D, et al. Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults – A Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, December 20, 2010, vol. 153, no. 12, 790-799.
2 Heaney RP, et al. Calcium and Weight: Clinical Studies. Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol. 21, No. 2, 152S-155S (2002).
3 See National Diabetes Information Clearing House (NDIC), “Diabetes Statistics 2007” (NDIC), diabetes.niddk.nih.gov
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