LAVISH LOVE: THE REDEMPTION OF FULL-FAT DAIRY
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A meta-study published in April in the European Journal of Epidemiology, analyzing 29 other studies, concluded that full-fat dairy does not contribute to increased risk of coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease or overall mortality. While it's not the last word, and may not immediately enlighten every lowfat milk drinker, it is one of several recent examples of compelling research debunking the low-fat paradigm that has held sway for most of our lives.
The traditional diets approach we follow at Three Stone Hearth, based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price in researching the diets of pre-industrial societies, strongly recommends full-fat dairy products as a component of optimal nutrition.
Most of the nutritional value in dairy is found in fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D and K, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and-- especially in dairy from grassfed animals-- Omega 3 fatty acids. The first group that Price encountered in an isolated village in the Swiss Alps, held an annual ceremony in their church to give thanks for the gift of the first grassfed butter of spring. In Sanskrit, the word for fat is "sneha," which also means lavish love.
For those who enjoy, and perhaps even worship, dairy, few things are as alluring as rich, creamy full-fat milk, yogurt, butter and cheeses; now you know they are also better for you. We recommend consuming raw milk, which is the least nutritionally disturbed, and we sell raw cow's milk from Claravale dairy and raw goat's milk from Evergreen Acres.
Another wonderful aspect of dairy is the many ways it transforms when cultured with beneficial microorganisms. You can find cultured grassfed butter, excellent local yogurts, and countless varieties of cheeses, many of them raw. We carry a wonderful selection of local cheeses, all grassfed and many of them raw.
Spread the (lavish) love!
Three Stone Hearth worker-owner Linda Kallenberger, will reprise her hands-on class, "Dairy in Traditional and Modern Diets," in our kitchen on Tuesday, June 27th, 5:30-8pm