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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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6:09AM PST on Jan 13, 2015

I'm happy that I can't stand drinking that stuff.... too watery and watered down for me to drink it or like it--- yuck!!!!

7:52AM PST on Jan 11, 2015

I just love milk; I don't care what kind :D Mother's milk, cow's milk, almond, soy, rice, etc. they're all good!

3:58AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

Make the best choice for the future

5:23AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

I usually buy skim from a company that adds no hormones and the cows eat grass that has not been sprayed, however I have heard that Goat's Milk is far better for us than cow's milk. My son is going to buy a couple of goat's as he is allergic to cow's milk. I'm looking forward to trying it and if I like it I will switch over. He has researched cow and goat's milk and suggests that I should not drink cow's milk at all. I'll check that out. Thanks for this info.

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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!

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