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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