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Facts, Not Fads: Dairy Fat Can Be Heart Healthy

By: Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D.
Issue #113 | Date: 03 2023

Far from causing clogged arteries and high cholesterol, a large prospective study finds that adults eating more dairy-derived saturated fats had lower levels of blood markers associated with cardiovascular risk.

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Bring Back the Fat in Milk: Kids’ Edition

By: Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D.
Issue #110 | Date: 09 2022

A new study found consumption of higher fat milk during early childhood was associated with a lower chance of being overweight or obese during early adolescence.

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Baby Backwash Can Trigger Immune Response in Milk

By: Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D.
Issue #110 | Date: 09 2022

When a human infant suckles, some of their saliva gets pulled back into the nipple and can travel into the milk ducts. Researchers believe this could inform the mammary gland about the infant’s health

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Metabolites from Yogurt Protect against Type 2 Diabetes in Mice

By: Marina Wang
Issue #108 | Date: 05 2022

It’s no secret that type 2 diabetes is a widespread public health concern, with around 463 million people around the world suffering from the disease. Researchers have known for some time that yogurt consumption has a protective effect against the ails of type 2 diabetes, but the physiological and molecular mechanism behind this effect has been largely unknown. In a new multi-tiered study, researchers discovered that gut microbiota, as well as metabolites produced by the lactic acid bacteria in yogurt, help with type 2 diabetes in mice.

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Small but Mighty: Short-chain Fatty Acids in Human Milk Could Provide Protection from Development of Allergies

By: Lauren Milligan Newmark, Ph.D.
Issue #108 | Date: 05 2022

Short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) are small molecules with large impacts on human health. They are produced when gut bacteria in the large intestine break down indigestible dietary carbohydrates. But don’t be fooled by these humble beginnings. Once produced by beneficial gut microbes, SCFA can promote immunity by suppressing inflammatory responses in the gut, halting the growth of dangerous pathogens, and helping to maintain the integrity of the intestine’s epithelial barrier.

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