Full-Fat Milk vs. Skimmed Milk

In recent years, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recommended that toddlers switch to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two, as part of efforts to prevent obesity.

The Telegraph: Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed 

But research on more than 2,700 children found those given full-fat versions ended up with a significantly lower body mass index than those given semi-skimmed varieties.

 Lead researcher Dr Jonathon Maguire, a paediatrician at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, said the difference amounted to the difference between having a healthy weight and being overweight.
 
Children who drank one cup of whole milk each day had comparable vitamin D levels to those drinking nearly three times as much skimmed milk, the study found.This could be because vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning it dissolves in fat rather than water.

Prof 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.”

The Telegraph: Children who drink full-fat milk end up slimmer than those on skimmed 

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