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Drinking Whole Milk May Actually Make You Thinner!

Posted by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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Drinking Whole Milk May Actually Make You Thinner!

by Maressa Brown 

milk aisle groceryThe jury's out on just how good dairy is for us at all. But if you or your kids are going to have what my mother-in-law calls "cow milk," or regular butter, or real ice cream, it should the full fat kind -- if you want to be a healthy weight, that is. I know, it sounds completely backwards, but that's what researchers in Sweden claim after doing a study over a 12-year period.

It bears noting that the research was done on middle-aged men, but still. They found that the subjects who used whole milk, cream, and butter had a lower risk of becoming obese than did people who avoided fattier dairy products. At the same time, a European review of 16 studies found most of them showed a lower risk of obesity for people who consumed high-fat dairy products. And if that wasn't enough, a study last year found kids who drank low-fat milk gained weight! Whoa!

It's actually not as nutty as it sounds, though. The crazier thing is to be pounding not just dairy but just about any food labeled low or fat-free. As Esther Blum explains in her new book Cave Women Don't Get Fat:

... there’s currently such an outcry about highly processed foods that are marketed as “no fat” or “low fat.” These alleged diet foods are filled with sugars, salt, and unhealthy fat substitutes, yet because they’re packaged in “low-calorie” servings, we’re mislead to believe that they’re somehow good for our bodies. Oh, if this were only true! But it’s not.

And the problem isn't just that these "low or no fat" foods are filled with lots of added sugar or other garbage. It's also that they're not nearly as satiating as regular, even saturated fat-filled dairy ... or any food or that matter, such as unsaturated fat-filled nuts or avocados (which dieters used to be brainwashed to steer clear of!).  Plus, we might all be more inclined to overeat something labeled "low-fat" thinking it's not as "bad" as the full-fat version.

A National Dairy Council executive also told NPR the link between full-fat dairy and lowered obesity may be attributed to "bioactive substances in the milk fat" that may help us burn off the fat. Something to consider!

All in all, no matter how you feel about this milk study, it's a wake-up call that maybe we've had everything upside down and backwards for years now. Whole, "clean" foods are what our bodies need to function properly and be fit and health ... even if they're "full" of fat.

What kind of dairy do you buy for you and your kids? Does this make you want to switch?

by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM
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by Courtney on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:36 AM
We aren't milk drinkers. I buy whole milk for baking, but my kids drink rice milk.
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 9:41 AM

My daughter drinks white milk at school. We don't buy milk unless we have to cook with it. 

by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM
My daughter drinks 2% milk the dr told me to give it to her to help her not gain weight. She's 3 and has thyroid problems so she's a little overweight her body has trouble with listening weight on its own so we have to try to keep her from gaining until she grows into her weight.
by Bronze Member on Feb. 19, 2014 at 1:40 PM
I love whole milk, I only drink whole milk, my son is 17 months and still breastfeed but he also drinks whole milk too.
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM
Whole milk all the way in this family :)
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by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM

 I personally don't like milk unless it's in my cereal. Even then, I drink almond milk. My SO and his son drink skim. Might have to switch it to 2%. Doubt I'd get them to drink whole!

by Kali on Feb. 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM
Whole milk. I don't like milk but my kids do. And whole milk is better for cooking and baking. I don't fall for thw low fat, fat free crap.
by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM
Tastes better anyway.
by Nikki on Feb. 19, 2014 at 5:11 PM

We use 2%

by on Feb. 19, 2014 at 5:53 PM

the fat content in milk is so low anyway it's ridiculous to take any out. that's why skim milk looks like water. 

i grew up with dairy cows, we drank milk straight from the bulk tank.
we do drink 1% now, but that's only when i use WIC checks, they won't give you whole milk. otherwise, we drink whole milk.

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