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Does eating whole foods mean using whole milk dairy products?

Most health authorities currently recommend using reduced fat dairy products in order to reduce your intake of saturated fat. However, I personally prefer to use whole milk because I find it difficult to believe that fiddling with milk and throwing out the fat - the saturated fat as well as the fat-soluble nutrients - can possibly be good. Instead, I prefer to reduce saturated fat intake by minimising processed fatty foods such as biscuits and by eating legumes or fish in place of meat several times a week. Consult your doctor or other health-care professional if you are considering using whole milk products in place of reduced-fat varieties.

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