The prevalence of Parkinson’s disease in the general population is low – 1 occurrence in 100 individuals is the average distribution. But after examining 25 years worth of data from more than 120,000 men and women, Medical News Today reported that subjects who consumed at least three servings of dairy daily were found to have a 34 percent greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than those who consumed less than one serving every day. Researchers found that the risk of Parkinson’s could be linked specifically to milk intake; subjects who consumed at least one serving of skim milk or low-fat milk every day had a 39 percent increased risk of Parkinson’s. To be fair the cause and affect relationship has not been established but the occurrence of Parkinson’s among skim milk consumers cannot be denied. I am not a fan of low fat products, I think no-fat or low-fat milk, yogurt, sour cream, and cheese are vile, appealing only to those who feel that denying oneself pleasure is somehow noble or cleansing. For the scant amount of yogurt or milk in a recipe why not use the product the way nature intended? One step forward, one step backward.
But then again, in a documentary program on food and nutrition on PBS a week ago they reported on a region in Bulgaria where they have the highest proportion of 100-year-olds in the world. What do they eat? Full-fat yogurt – lots of calcium, protein, vitamins, and lactobacillus. Other items in their diet provide a plentiful balance of omega-3s versus omega-6s. So the questions are should I eat dairy, and if so, full-fat or not? I say go for the gusto, but perhaps just don’t wolf down a quart of the stuff each day. One step forward, one step backward.
I have also started using a lot of unsweetened almond milk in my coffee and smoothies. It’s quite good, nutritious, and way low on the glycemic index. But then, with the popularity of almond milk the price of almonds has risen making those Christmas cookies that much more expensive. One step forward, one step backward.
By the way here’s the article about dairy and Parkinson’s disease. Medical News Today.