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What is the possible downside of eating a diet rich in dairy foods?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Dairy foods are great sources of calcium-a nutrient most American consume far too little of. If you eat a diet rich in dairy, I recommend that you choose low-fat or fat-free versions of dairy foods because the extra fat often leads to too much saturated fat (eating more than 20 grams a day ages you).

Saturated fat carries several health risks. To name a few, it causes inflammation in your arteries, increases your chance of immune dysfunctions and cancer, and causes weight gain-which can have a negative effect on your bones and joints.

Changing to lower-fat dairy foods can easier if you do it gradually. For example, if you're drinking whole milk now, skim milk tastes like lake water. So try this trick. Mix 2% milk with whole milk for one week. Gradually change the proportions until each glass is totally made with 2% milk. Do the same thing all the way until you get down to skim milk. Over eight weeks, skim milk will taste normal and whole milk will eventually taste too fat.
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