Episode 83: The War Against Milk

At face value, cutting fat from diets sounded as though it would put you on the fast-track to losing weight. But when people cut fat from their diets, they were more likely to consume other unhealthy additives, said Alexandra Miller, Baltimore-based corporate dietitian at Medifast, a weight-loss program.
— Danielle Braff, The Chicago Tribune
Whole milk isn’t made wholly of fat, or largely of fat, or even substantially of fat. In fact, it doesn’t contain much fat all. Whole milk is actually only about 3.5 percent fat. The reason it’s called ‘whole milk’ has less to do with its fat content, than the fact that it’s comparatively unadulterated. As the Dairy Council of California puts it, whole milk is ‘the way it comes from the cow before processing.’
— Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post

In a world where nearly everyone seems concerned with weight, health and appearance, many folks are concerned with the foods they eat and the connotations attached to their diets and nutrition. As a result, certain items and contents, such as fat, have been stigmatized. People pursue non-fat options under the banner of good health, unaware of potential consequences. Because of this, many of us fail to understand the dietary and biological roles of nutrients like fats, sugars and salts. Our conversation focuses on our relationship to these ideologies through an examination of fat content in different types of milk.