Whole Milk Or Skim? Study Links Fattier Milk To Slimmer Kids
For years, lowfat dairy has been proclaimed as the healthier choice. However, a recent study (with that exact hypothesis, no less) revealed that consuming lowfat dairy was, in fact, linked to a higher BMI in children. Scientists are still speculating the reason, but one theory suggests full-fat milk offers a greater feeling of satiety, and therefore less caloric intake overall.
That's right, kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.
"We were quite surprised" by the findings, Dr. Mark DeBoer told me in an email. He and his co-author, Dr. Rebecca Scharf, both of the University of Virginia, had hypothesized just the opposite.
But they found the relationship between skim-milk drinkers and higher body weights held up across all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups. DeBoer says their data also show that low-fat milk did not restrain weight gain in preschoolers over time.