Go for whole milk rather than low fat

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NEW Cana­dian re­search has found that chil­dren who drink whole milk are leaner than those who drink low-fat and skimmed ver­sions.

The study, pub­lished re­cently in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nutri­tion, also found that chil­dren who con­sume whole milk have higher vi­ta­min D lev­els.

Car­ried out by a team from St Michael’s Hos­pi­tal in Toronto, the re­searchers looked at 2,745 chil­dren aged two to six years and sur­veyed par­ents on milk con­sump­tion, mea­sured the chil­dren to cal­cu­late body mass in­dex (BMI), and took blood sam­ples to as­sess vi­ta­min D lev­els.

The re­searchers found that chil­dren who drank whole milk had a BMI score 0.72 units lower than those who drank 1% or 2% fat milk, com­pa­ra­ble to the dif­fer­ence be­tween hav­ing a healthy weight and be­ing over­weight, said the study’s lead au­thor Dr Jonathon Maguire.

In ad­di­tion, chil­dren who drank one cup of whole milk each day had higher vi­ta­min D lev­els, com­pa­ra­ble to those who drank nearly three cups of 1% fat milk.

The team suggested that the higher vi­ta­min D lev­els could be ex­plained by the vi­ta­min be­ing fat sol­u­ble. As it dis­solves in fat rather than wa­ter, milk with a higher fat con­tent, there­fore, con­tains more vi­ta­min D.

There could be an in­verse re­la­tion­ship be­tween body fat and vi­ta­min D stores, and as chil­dren’s body fat in­creases, their vi­ta­min D lev­els de­crease.

Al­though the re­search didn’t look at why there was a link be­tween whole milk and lower BMI scores, Maguire suggested that be­cause of its higher fat con­tent, chil­dren who drank whole milk felt fuller than those who drank the same amount of low-fat or skim milk.

Chil­dren who don’t feel full could be more likely to snack on other foods, which pos­si­bly are less healthy or higher in calo­ries and, in the end, con­sume more calo­ries over­all than those who drink whole milk. – AFP-Re­laxnews

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