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Could a Cow Hold the Key to Beating Diabetes?

By Alice Wessendorf on 02/21/2011

Have you ever really looked a cow in the face?

Some may say that the vacant stare of the cow is a sign that there’s not much going on in the brains department. But it turns out that its blank look and quiet nature may just be hiding the secret to preventing diabetes.

Researchers have uncovered a substance in dairy fat that could drastically drop your risk of ever developing Type II diabetes. The fatty acid—called trans-palmitoleic acid—cannot be produced by your body. So the only way you can get it is by eating dairy or meat products.

The study…conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health…examined the data from the participants in the 20-year-long Cardiovascular Health Study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. It was found that those volunteers with higher levels of trans-palmitoleic acid had healthier blood-cholesterol levels, less inflammation, and more controlled insulin levels.

In addition, those with the highest level of the acid circulating in their blood were 60% less likely to develop diabetes as compared with those participants with the lowest levels of the compound.

In other words, according to the lead author on the study Dr. Mozaffarian, this essentially represents an, “…almost three-fold difference in risk of developing diabetes among individuals with the highest blood levels of this fatty acid.”

Some pretty impressive numbers, I would say!

These findings, of course, run directly contrary to the mainstream’s favorite dietary propaganda that states that to be healthy you need to drastically cut back on meat and full-fat dairy products in your diet. (Hm, the mainstream gets it wrong again…why am I NOT surprised?) This proves once again that rather than follow the mainstream down the path to whatever the latest diet fad is you are much better off eating a well-balanced diet that includes a good healthy amount of full-fat dairy and meat.

Just be sure to choose organic dairy products whenever possible. And, remember, paying a little extra for meat from locally farmed grass-fed animals is well worth the cost if you can find the money in your budget.

Now please pardon me while I go put a dollop of organic milk into my other diabetes-fighting food…coffee.

 

Reference:

“Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults,” Dariush Mozaffarian, Haiming Cao, Irena B. King, Rozenn N. Lemaitre, Xiaoling Song, David S. Siscovick, and Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, Annals of Internal Medicine, December 21, 2010

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