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Skim Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good

Skim Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good

 

Dairy lovers on a diet have long turned to skim and 1% milk as an easy way to cut calories. So, it’s perhaps counter-intuitive to learn the results of a new large study, which found that children who drink lower fat milks actually weigh more than their 2% and whole milk-drinking counterparts. Say what?!

For nearly a decade, major medical organizations have recommended that children drink skim or 2% milk to combat obesity. But this new study found that the higher the fat in the milk the thousands of child participants drank, the lower their Body Mass Index (BMI) scores were. The results even surprised the researchers — they also factored in ethnic and socioeconomic differences – and they’re suggesting that these recommendations be reconsidered in light of the new evidence.

So how on earth is it possible that children who consume milk with a lower calorie and fat content are more likely to be overweight? If you think about it, it’s not that crazy: whole and 2% milk just might make children fuller, and less prone to overeating, than skim and 1% milk.

There you have it, another reason to skip on skim milk; your taste buds will thank you, too!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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8:28AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Thanks,

4:45PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

thanks!

10:25PM PST on Feb 16, 2014

Thank you.

8:33AM PST on Jan 25, 2014

I don´t drink milk, but sharing this! Thanks

6:47AM PDT on Sep 29, 2013

so actually, what are the vegetarian options? this is still cow's milk. almond milk perhaps? or soy milk. not sure what other types are out there.

7:03AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

I always said full-cream milk was healthier! And it takes 1000% better. Skim milk = disgusting. It doesn't have as much calcium in it, and skimming away the cream also takes away the Vitamin D which cannot be put back into the milk. At least, I think that's what my parents say. And I always listen to my parents. Go full-cream!

1:04PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Ooooh, would you like to hear a GOOD story? I have only within the last 5-6 years had access to wholemilk, ie, raw milk, organic. For the first time in my life I ENJOY milk. Organic, raw milk has absolutely nothing to do with bought milk. .... and it is wonderful!

As for skim milk - sorry, to me it always resembled murky used dishwash water - never been able to drink it!

12:38PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

VERY INTERESTING!! I GUESS THAT IT REALLY KIND OF MAKES SENSE. JUST WONDER HOW IT WOULD PAN OUT FOR ADULTS. I REALLY DON'T SEE WHY THERE WOULD BE SUCH A HUGE DIFFERENCE. WE'RE ALL HUMAN AFTER ALL. THE ONLY REAL DIFFERENCE I CAN THINK OF IS THAT CHILDREN PROBABLY NATURALLY HAVE A HIGHER MOTABILISM (SORRY ABOUT THE CRAPPY SPELLING) THAN THE AVERAGE ADULT AND CAN BURN OFF THE SUGARS AND FATS BETTER THAN WE DO (LUCKY BUGGERS). THANKS FOR THE INTERESTING INFORMATION.

6:56AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Cows' milk is for calves, not humans.

5:28PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

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