In the press – full fat milk less fattening than skimmed

  • Milk_glass_sxgStudy shows children get fatter on skimmed milk

I have been advocating full fat dairy products for many years. They are less mucked-about-with than skimmed or semi-skimmed milk and considerably higher in the important fat soluble vitamins, A, D and K.

These vitamins and minerals are essential for good bone health. Calcium cannot be properly utilised in bone formation without adequate quantities of these fat soluble vitamins. Skimming milk strips them out, significantly reducing its benefits as a food. The move away from full fat milk to semi and fully skimmed over the last twenty years may well be a contributing factor to increasing osteoporosis and the shocking rise of childhood rickets in the UK recently.

This shift has been largely due to misguided public information blaming fats for obesity and heart disease – a notion that modern research shows is thoroughly misguided. So, it is was nice to see newspapers writing today about a study that found children consuming skimmed milk tended to be fatter than those consuming full fat.

Skimmed milk ‘doesn’t stop toddlers getting fat’: Children who drink whole milk  actually gain fewer pounds – Daily Mail

“Researchers at the University of Virginia School  of Medicine found two-year-olds who drank mainly low-fat and skimmed milk were  57 per cent more likely to become overweight by the age of four. But the average weight of children drinking  full-fat milk was lower over the same period.”

In the original paper (available on PubMed as an abstract) the authors noted

“increasing fat content in the type of milk consumed was inversely associated with BMI”

Something I was reminded about from the Mail article is that Britain recommends children under 5 are only given full fat, not skimmed milk. I wonder how many parents know that?

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