SPLASH! milk science update: JUNE 2013 Issue

This month, we bring you a synthesis of recent papers in RNA sequencing of bovine milk cells, insights on the evolutionary biology of milk, important discoveries on the synergy of milk sugars with gut bacteria and gut cells, and surprising links between probiotics and happiness.

Enjoy!

Growing Evidence for Thinner Dairy Consumers

Growing Evidence for Thinner Dairy Consumers

Does dairy make you fat? Being rich in lipids, it should, right? But some evidence suggests that the calories in dairy are somehow easier to burn up than they should be. While the effect is subtle (and certainly not apparent in every set of data), it is sufficient for physiologists to wonder about potential biochemical explanations. Read More...

How Breastfed Babies Control Their Own Appetite

How Breastfed Babies Control Their Own Appetite

‘Slow down, Mama!’ In contrast to breastfeeding, which allows infants to feed on demand, bottle feeding enables parents to provide set volumes of milk to babies. Latest evidence shows that breastfed babies control their appetite better than formula-fed babies, and although the mechanisms through which this occurs are not yet clear, it has been shown that this has long-term effects on appetite regulation and weight control into adulthood. Perhaps it is time to start seriously considering breastfeeding as an intervention window against the obesity epidemic. Read More...

On Diabetes and Dairy

On Diabetes and Dairy

Type 2 diabetes describes a condition where cells that would normally respond to insulin by absorbing glucose from the blood stop doing so, allowing blood glucose to rise to unhealthy levels. It is closely associated with obesity. Various studies link the regular consumption of low-fat dairy products to reduced odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Not every study finds this effect, but in those that do, the question is: why? Read More...

Talking the TORC

Talking the TORC

Milk has evolved to sustain life through supporting the growth and healthy development of infants. A recent article in the prestigious journal Science reported a breakthrough in our understanding of what lies behind the cellular mechanism of the growth “switch”. Read More...