The five year dietary guidelines by United States are set to publish at the end of 2015. But the recommendations in the draft have sparked controversy as some health experts are still arguing that they oppose the recent research. For instance milk is in the spotlight in a debate as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s or USDA newest version of diet guidelines promotes low-fat such as ski or non-fat milk. The report connects full fat milk to heart disease, however very little research has linked saturated fats with vascular problems.
The federal government’s work-in-progress document encourages Americans to eat foods such as vegetables, beans, fruits, whole grains, seafood, nuts, beans. Dairy products with little or no fat are also recommended, including the milk, yogurt, and cheese.FDA has warned against many calories from high fat dairy products. And it links full fat to heart diseases.
The Washington post on the other hand noted that several studies show that whole fat milk can provide various benefits, such as more weight loss and lower rates of obesity. Its calcium also boosts various metabolism more.
Despina Hyde a registered dietician at New York University’s Langone Weight Management program said that good or health fat provides a feeling of fullness.
Marcio Otto said that experts have learned that certain high fat foods can have health benefits. Otto is the lead author of the studies that were published in 2012 and 2013.
Hyde said that milk contains saturated fat. Healthier fats includes omega 3 (fatty fish and seeds), monounsaturated fats( nuts and olive oil), and polyunsaturated fats( vegetable oils).
The USDA guidelines have impact on the school lunch programs. Children in the cafeterias could be served the kind of milk endorsed in the federal agency’s end-of-year document.
Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary recently reported at a U.S. House Committee hearing that the new guidelines will help Americans to eat healthier foods.