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iVillage: 15 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good For Your Health

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Opting for Full-Fat Dairy

Here’s great news if you hate skimmed milk and low-fat cheese -- Harvard researchers have discovered a natural fatty acid in whole dairy that helps muscle burn blood sugar more effectively and substantially lowers the risk of blood sugar snafus. Their 20-year study showed that folks with the highest levels of this fatty acid in their bloodstreams had a 60 percent lower risk of developing diabetes.

For best results: Enjoy two ounces of real cream, eight ounces of non-skimmed milk or yogurt, or one ounce of full-fat cheese daily.

(CREDIT: Daniel Hurst Photography/Flickr/Getty Images)
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