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In my refrigerator, you won’t find anything that says “2%”, “1%,” “Low-Fat,” “Non-Fat,” “Skim,” or anything of that sort on the label. We’re a full-fat household. Red cartons and bottle caps only! Our fridge is stocked with whole milk, real butter, heavy cream, and industrial strength ice cream. All of that stuff just tastes better. Of course, I never told any of this to my doctor, but maybe now I can.

According to Today, a new study shows that dairy fat may lower a person’s risk of heart disease. Researchers followed 4,000 adults for 16 years in Sweden, where dairy consumption is among the highest in the world. They found those who ate more dairy fat were less likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared to those who didn’t eat a lot of dairy fat.

The Swedish study compared those results with research from the U.S., U.K., and Denmark involving 43,000 people. Guess what. Similar results.  So go ahead and say yes to milk in that latte or pick up some ice cream for dessert. We’re already off to a solid start. The International Dairy Foods Association reports the average American scarfed down 655 pounds of milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and ice cream in 2020.

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