Whole milk is correlated with lower risk of childhood obesity?
A recent study led by St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto found children who drank whole milk had 40 percent lower odds of being overweight or obese compared with children who consumed reduced-fat milk.
Correlation is not causation, but you have to wonder why this relationship exists. Could it be that the fat left in the milk is making children feel fuller, or is that the glycemic load is reduced? Or is it something else? One thing is clear – fat is not the enemy here.
These results challenge nutrition guidelines that recommend children consume lower-fat milk instead of whole milk to reduce risk of obesity. The dietary guidelines shape what sort of food is sold in schools. If a food does not comply with the official nutrition guidelines established by the USDA, then they can’t be added to the school lunch menu.
In my kid’s school, they only have the option of either 1% or skim milk. They took away the sugar-laden chocolate milk from their lunch menu (thank God). I’m not a fan of whole milk as a beverage for adults (because of the lactose) but for kids it can be a good addition to their lunch.
St. Michael’s Hospital. “Children who drank whole milk had lower risk of being overweight or obese: Review analyzing almost 21,000 children suggests children who drank whole milk were less likely to be overweight or obese.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 30 December 2019.