Simple nutrition is the key
By Trent Loos
If our nation’s dairy nutritionist would develop the diets for the American public, we would not have the health issues we currently have. OK, it could be any species of animal nutritionist, but the truth of the matter is that we are trying to make healthy living way to complex. It is quite simply eat a moderate of amount of all food groups and exercise more than you eat.
For years I have been shouting at the top of my lungs that fat is an essential nutrient, not something to be avoided. The one pet peeve I have had is the consumption of anything other than whole milk leading to healthy living. Low fat milk of any type should not be consumed.
Years ago I wrote about the fact that Dr. Mark Cook from the University of Wisconsin researched the fact that the difference between whole milk and any reduced fat milk is the good fat; the CLA has been removed in 2 percent or lower fat milk. Well, the medical community has been very slow to understand this concept. But the worm is beginning to turn, I believe.
A study published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood published a study that documents that children who drink whole milk have a lower body fat index than children who drink low fat milk.
I understand that most who do not tend to cows will never understand this, but I see it just like providing your cows salt. If you don’t keep enough salt in front of your cows, they will not be happy and not do as well as if they have access to it. They will crave salt and it will not be good for them. If you make it available they will consume to the needed level.
I honestly think that the human body is no different. If you deprive your body of some of the essential fats, your body will crave additional nutrition. When you start every morning with eggs, bacon and whole milk you have fueled your metabolism and provided satiety and consume fewer calories throughout the course of the day.
Many of the major news accounts reporting this story about the consumption of whole milk leading to leaner kids referenced the fact that this is the third time studies have indicated the consumption of fat does not make you fat. Well, I contend that there is a lot more information out there that quite adequately explains that consumption of fat does not make you fat—we simply do not want to acknowledge them.
In closing, I once again suggest that most of our nation’s health woes would simply disappear if our livestock nutritionist would be in charge of designing our diets. We will never make progress as long as we continue to demonize certain foods instead explaining proper nutrition. But of course all of this would require self-responsibility and that certainly is not in vogue today.
Editor’s note: Trent Loos is a sixth generation United States farmer, host of the daily radio show, Loos Tales, and founder of Faces of Agriculture, a non-profit organization putting the human element back into the production of food. Get more information at www.FacesOfAg.firstname.lastname@example.org.