Why Skim Milk May Not Be the Healthier Option

Why Skim Milk May Not Be the Healthier Option
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Why Skim Milk May Not Be the Healthier Option

Learn why it may be healthier to drink whole milk than to drink skim milk.

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It is only assumed, not tested with "high-quality interventional data" that because skim milk has less calories, it will lessen total calorie intake and weight gain.

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Reducing fat isn't the optimal method for weight loss. Reduced fat foods are often less satisfying and thus people choose to eat or drink more.

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Because unsatisfied reduced-fat milk drinkers may seek extra, less-nutritious foods for fulfillment, drinking reduced-fat milk may actually contribute to weight gain. Diets low in fat but with a high glycemic index (as a diet with reduced-fat milk might be) only increases hunger when compared to a diet high in fat.

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Based on studies, while eating or drinking carbs like refined sugars, sugary drinks and sweets is connected to weight gain, drinking whole milk is not.

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While one argument against whole milk is the level of saturated fats in it, which can be bad for your heart, consuming high glycemic index carbs is actually much worse. You might consume more of these high glycemic index carbs if you drink reduced-fat milk instead of whole milk.

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Many children flock to sweetened reduced-fat milks, likely because they are unsatisfied by unsweetened reduced-fat milks. These sweetened versions have 13g more sugar per cup than unsweetened whole milk.

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It's long been assumed that skim milk is a healthier alternative to whole milk as it contains the same vitamins and calcium levels with less calories. Even the United States Department of Agriculture advocates for lower-fat milks.

Today, some nutrition experts are challenging this fact. In the JAMA Pediatrics journal, Dr. David Ludwig, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children's Hospital and Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the department of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health explain, "remarkably few randomized clinical trials have examined the effects of reduced-fat milk (0% to 2% fat content) compared with whole milk on weight gain or other health outcomes."

Check out the slideshow above to find out their reasoning behind why it may be better to drink whole milk after all.

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