After decades of official advice to cut back on foods containing saturated fats because they clog our arteries and raise the risk of heart attack, many of us still automatically pick up the skimmed milk rather than the full-fat in the supermarket, or choose low-fat spreads instead of butter. This video tells you more about the different types of fat.
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Researchers have found that eating full-fat dairy products slashed the risk of type 2 diabetes.
This study looked at more than 2,500 people and those who ate eight or more portions of high-fat dairy products a day had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who ate one portion or less.
Previous research has suggested that fat affects how the body breaks down sugar. The new thinking is that removing saturated fat from our diet has been the problem, as it’s resulted in a major rise in our consumption of carbohydrates, especially sugar.
This pushes up our blood sugar levels – and keeping blood sugar levels high for years is associated with type 2 diabetes and weight gain.