Mommy Monday: Milk


Whole, low-fat, skim, almond, rice, coconut, soy, cashew … the list of different things called milk just keeps on getting longer. But how does low-fat milk stack up against old fashion whole milk? Ivanhoe has the details on what type of milk is best for combating fat.

The American academy of pediatrics recommends that preschoolers should drink low-fat milk instead of whole milk because of the low calories. However, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that whole milk may actually be better.

In a Canadian study, researchers collected height and weight data on over 25 hundred healthy children from ages one to six. They recorded what type of milk they drank and how much.

What they found was the kids who drank one cup of whole milk per day had vitamin D levels comparable to kids who drank about three cups of one percent milk, but their body mass index, or BMI, was lower by .79.

Researchers suggest that vitamin d needs fat to be properly absorbed. Children who drink low-fat milk may be hungrier for more calorie-heavy food later on.

If you are still not sold on whole milk, a study from the University of Virginia found that weight gain was not restrained when obese children drank one percent milk or skim milk.

Contributors to this news report include: Milvionne Chery, Producer; Roque Correa, Videographer and Editor.

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