TLT reader and friend Mara sent me this interesting story from NPR’s The Salt blog which indicates that there could be a surprising link between skim milk consumption and excess weight gain in childhood.
A new study, which looked at 10,700 American children, found that preschoolers who drank 1% or skim milk had, on average, higher body weights than those who drank 2% or whole milk. And The Salt lists two previous studies which also found a potential correlation between whole milk consumption and lower BMI. One theory for these findings is that whole milk is more satiating, resulting in lower daily calorie consumption.
It’s important to note, however, that there’s no proven link here. One commenter pointed out that some of the toddlers studied may have been heavier to begin with, and the skim milk was offered as a weight management tool, thus skewing the findings. Similarly, the new study didn’t measure how many calories were consumed overall or nor did it look at the rest of the children’s diets.
Still, though, after the anti-fat craze in the 1990s (Snackwell, anyone?), I think many of us have come to realize that fats play an important role in making us feel satisfied and perhaps eat less overall.
Do any of you offer your children whole milk over skim or 1% milk?
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