For years, we’ve opted to give our kids skim milk instead of whole milk to keep them from all that extra fat. But it turns out that pouring your kid a glass of healthy, nutritious skim milk may be doing more harm than good.
A new study out of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition might make you rethink giving your kids less fatty milk. Researchers found that kids who drank whole milk had a lower BMI than kids who drank skim milk. Shocking, right?
But once we thought about it more, it started making sense. Hear us out for a second–kids that take in less fat get hungry quicker (meaning more snacking on foods high in calories). And although whole milk has a lot of fat, it has good fat. So kids that drink whole milk are taking in more healthy fat than sugar and junk you get from snacking.
Of the 2700 kids examined in the study, those who drank whole milk had a BMI that was 0.72 units lower than those who drank skim. That may not sound like a lot; however, Toronto paediatrician Jonathon Maguire explained how that can make the difference between being healthy and overweight.
“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,” said Magure. “It’s a double negative with low-fat milk.”
And if you’re still not sure about switching your milk from skin to whole, just remember: whole milk tastes better too (thanks to all that extra fat).