Milk does the body good, though that usually refers to skim and 2 percent milk.
Milk drinkers may be surprised about why the high fat drink should be part of the diet.
In about two months, the USDA will update its food guidelines. Every five years officials say what should be part of the food pyramid.
A limited amount of saturated fat is now a recommendation, which could include whole milk.
“There's some indication that fats aren't all equal and that dairy fat may be in fact be health neutral and may be beneficial,” said Mary Noon, a dietitian and nutritionist at Hartford Hospital.
It may not be good for everyone, but some experts said the saturated fat in whole milk and even cheese may be the reason some have a lower risk for heart disease, and it helps people who may be struggling with their weight.
“They may benefit from having a little bit of whole milk or whole milk cheese that's more satisfying because the fat content actually makes you feel fuller and it also helps absorb fat soluble vitamins,” Noon said.
Someone who can’t digest lactose shouldn’t worry. Their grocery options don’t leave them without the same benefits.
The dietary guidelines advisory committee is also focusing on lean meats, added sugar and sodium as part of a balanced diet.
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