By STEPHANIE OSFIELD.
I recently had a café catch-up with a friend. I went for my usual Americana-style with a single shot. In coffee-speak that’s somewhere between a latte and a long black. I order it because I like to get the amount of full cream milk in my coffee just right (I know, I know, I know – they have ‘high maintenance’ buttons for people like me!). My girlfriend? She asked for a long black. No biggie. Except that she’s always been a latte girl. So why the sudden shift? I was intrigued. Was she shaking up her life by trying new things? Next stop pink hair or a Moped and mod make-over? Nope. She explained she was ditching dairy because she’s on a mission. To lose weight.
Just as an FYI, this post is sponsored by Dairy Australia. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in their own words.
I made no comment, though I badly wanted to. Could barely zip my lip. Because as a health writer I know that dairy food is a friend. The benefits of dairy foods are enormous. To you. To me. Regardless of your weight. My kids eat foods like milk and cheese and yogurt regularly. And so do I. We all know dairy is the number one source of calcium and how important it is to include dairy in the diet of growing kids. It’s the reason why at home my kids eat cheese and yogurt and have milk.
Nobody knows this better than Mireille Guiliano, whose book ‘French Women Don’t Get Fat’ has been a bestseller all over the globe, including America, England and Australia. In these countries, we are diet obsessed but as statistics will show, we’re more overweight than the French who enthusiastically drink coffee with plenty of full cream milk, enjoy butter or brie on their lunch baguette and are not afraid of savouring scrumptious cheeses like camembert, blue and gruyere.
My mouth waters just roll-calling their names. Clearly for the French, dairy foods are part of the secret to staying slim. They appreciate the multiple benefits of dairy foods. From the reading I’ve done it seems this benefit has to do with the unique package of vitamins and minerals in dairy foods especially the calcium and protein. To find out more about this French paradox, I had a brief chat with Mireille Guiliano. She is visiting Australia this month to discuss the French spin on a healthy diet and share her philosophy on why we should embrace dairy foods with open arms:
MM Q: Why are you such a huge fan of dairy foods?
Mireille A: “People often forget or don’t know about the importance of protein, but in France we eat tonnes of milk, yogurt and cheese. We don’t get fat because the protein helps us feel full and snack less. In fact, dairy foods actually assist our bodies to burn the fat from our fat cells. Dairy is the perfect food for maintaining your weight because its high protein content gives you energy and helps to stop you feeling hungry. I’m an avid eater of dairy foods like cheese and yogurt, because they nourish my body.