Like coffee and eggs and butter already, whole milk is being rehabilitated from its bad reputation. It turns out skim (yecch!) and low-fat milk aren’t really better for you. In fact, you may be better off with whole milk.
In a new study published in the journal Circulation, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian and his colleagues analyzed the blood of 3,333 adults enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study of Health Professionals Follow-up Study taken over about 15 years. They found that people who had higher levels of three different byproducts of full-fat dairy had, on average, a 46% lower risk of getting diabetes during the study period than those with lower levels. “I think these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products,” says Mozaffarian. “There is no prospective human evidence that people who eat low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.”
It turn out obesity is not just about how many calories you eat, but the kind of calories. They found when people reduce fat intake, they replace it with sugar or carbs, which are worse for you.
We’ve only ever given our kids whole milk and they’re all skinny things, and certainly not part of the obesity epidemic among American kids. What they don’t drink is soda or juice. But try to go out to any restaurant, especially fast food, and all you’ll find is low fat milk. Heck, McDonald’s, if I’m giving my kid your hamburger and fries, some whole milk is an improvement in nutrition.