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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Children who drink full-fat milk are skinnier, finds study

Children who drink full-fat milk weigh less than those who drank semi-skimmed milk, a study at the University of Toronto has found.

This, researchers suggest, is because full-fat milk leaves children feeling more full, and makes them less likely to snack on unhealthy foods.

Children who drink full-fat milk were also found to have higher levels of vitamin D. This may be because vitamin D is soluble in fat, which there is less of in semi-skimmed milk.

The study, which has been published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, involved 2,745 children between the ages of two and six.

Study participants who drank whole milk with a fat content of 3.25 per cent had a body mass index score 0.72 units lower than those who drank semi-skimmed milk with a fat content between one and two per cent.

This, the researchers say, could mean the difference between being a healthy weight and being overweight.

The study’s lead author, Jonathan Maguire, said: ‘Children who drink lower fat milk don’t have less body fat, and they also don’t benefit from the higher vitamin D levels in whole milk. It’s a double negative with low-fat milk.’

Research earlier this year found that people who drank full-fat milk were less likely to develop type-2 diabetes.

Instant analysis
This is an observational study which shows a relation between consumption of full-fat milk over low-fat milk and body weight, as well as higher vitamin D levels. The study does not contain data to examine why these relations occur, though it can be assumed that the vitamin D levels can be related to the fat-soluble nature of vitamin D.

It is suggested that the higher fat content of milk causing children to be less likely to snack on higher calorie foods may be responsible for the lower obesity rates. While this idea stands to reason, further more in depth studies would be needed to prove this, as other factors may also be at play.


As a child I knew of nothing other than full fat milk and I loved drinking it, sadly since becoming diabetic I can no longer do that.

Coincidentally I have never been overweight to this day I weigh more less the same as when I was a teenager many moons ago 

Graham

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

researchers suggest, it is because full-fat milk leaves children feeling more full, and makes them less likely to snack on unhealthy foods, sounds sensible

Rambler said...

But diabetics SHOULD drink full fat milk and full fat everything. It's carbohydrates that you need to cut down on - the higher fat in your diet makes up for the fewer calories and is proved to be the way to go when diagnosed with diabetes.

Debbie said...

i find this all to be fascinating. my niece, only gives my great nieces "special" milk. organic, no gmo, no this, no that - i always joke with her...can i pick you up some "ice" ooooh i mean milk?? she gets it!!!! i tell her her milk had "stuff" in it and she turned out just fine!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Rambler said...
But diabetics SHOULD drink full fat milk and full fat everything. It's carbohydrates that you need to cut down on - the higher fat in your diet makes up for the fewer calories and is proved to be the way to go when diagnosed with diabetes.

I wish I could drink milk but due to the effects on blood glucose it's a no no, that said I concur with the rest of your comment

Graham

Missy George said...

Interesting..BUT..We (my sister and I) were raised on full fat milk..the kind with cream on the top..We were both over weight as children..

Gail said...

I love whole REAL milk, not the pasteurized and what ever else they do to it. Sadly unless you have a milk cow, you have to buy the box. I am sorry you cannot drink milk. That would be something I would miss greatly.

Jan, Glad you enjoyed the photos. I would enjoy a dreary rainy day. We are so dry the dogs kick up a dust cloud when they run. The roses are still holding since they are close to the rock house that holds warmth through the night. These are miniature roses and bloom almost all season.

Orange and Bonnie play chase. The other cats are not so tolerant. I have seen them sit shoulder to shoulder in Bonnie's path and not let her pass. Eighty-four pounds of mean pit bulldog pouted and took another path. All our dogs are cat tolerant. SOMETIMES the cats are dog tolerant.

Have a very blessed week.

Lowcarb team member said...

Missy George said...
Interesting..BUT..We (my sister and I) were raised on full fat milk..the kind with cream on the top..We were both over weight as children..

Conversely like me my brother and sister all of us raised on full fat milk, butter, lard and dripping were never overweight

Cheers
Graham

Adam said...

I never understood why people don't drink whole milk. When I worked in a dairy department, the fattest people went after the 2% and skim. It wasn't working for them

Linda said...

This doesn't surprise me and makes perfect sense. I grew up on whole milk and was always on the slim side. Thank you so much for sharing.

Lady Fi said...

How interesting! The schools here in Sweden used to give kids skimmed milk, but have now gone up to semi-skimmed.

Terry Stynes said...

It looks great.

Margaret-whiteangel said...

We have full cream milk in our tea!
Things always change, once we are told not to eat/drink this or that, then it's reversed.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, this is great news. Skimmed milk has not taste. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

Phil Slade said...

it's a fascinating theory. Like you say, we never had all these milk variants many years ago. It was milk only and never harmed us.

Tom said...

...looks mighty good.

Happyone said...

I grew up on whole milk and I was teased for being Skinny!! : )

Magic Love Crow said...

Very interesting!!!