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by Leslie Bonci

Fat is an essential nutrient, yet certain types of fat get a bad rap. Unsaturated fats from nuts, seeds, oils, and fatty fish have a role to play in heart health. Saturated fats, found in dairy foods and meats are thought of the less healthy options. A recent research review showed that there is no significant evidence to conclude that dietary saturated fat ( from the food we eat) is associated with increased risk of heart disease. In fact, research has shown that the consumption of milk and milk products, regardless of fat level, can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The fatty acid profile of whole milk is a combination of saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and trans fatty acids, such as conjugated linoleic acid. Interestingly, the saturated fat in milk has minimal, if any impact on cholesterol level and may also raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels.

What does that mean for kids and teenagers? The recommended intake of saturated fat for this age range is no more than 10% of daily calories, so seeing as active kids/teens may need at least 2000 calories per day, 20+ grams of saturated fat/day would be acceptable. MOO’V™ has 11 grams of saturated fat or ½ of the daily requirements but also helps to meet the daily needs for protein, vitamins and minerals. 

MOO’V™ supplies 18 grams of fat per serving along with 13 grams of protein and 12 other essential micronutrients along with great mouthfeel and taste appeal. So, if you are looking for the nutrish and delish in your pour, MOO’V™ delivers that…and more!

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, is the Dietary & Nutrition Strategic Advisor at Dari® and MOO’V™ milk. With over two decades of experience, she is an expert in nutrition with many of Leslie’s blog posts center around active eating and fueling for sport. She is the Head Nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs and has been a consulting sports dietitian in the NFL, MLB, and NHL, and worked with Olympic athletes. Bonci has co-authored three books with an active eating focus, is a blogger for US News Eat + Run, and is a sought-after expert for television, radio, print and online media, Bonci speaks regularly on topics including “sciensationalism,” “fuels of engagement” and “communication with conviction” to help influencers and consumers debunk the junk and separate fact from fallacy.