Full Fat for Children
An article in The Daily Mail recently says that children who drink full fat milk are more likely to be slimmer than those that drink semi skimmed milk. The reasoning being that whole milk fills them up so they are less likely to go looking for sweets or treats to snack on.
The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition involved 2,745 children ages two to six years. It surveyed parents, measured height and weight to calculate BMI and took blood samples to assess vitamin D levels. Full fat carries higher levels of Vitamin D, which is good for immune system, emotional wellbeing, depression, anxiety and weak bones. Vitamin D is soluble in fat rather than water, the higher fat content in full milk means it carries more of the vitamin.
I’m a big fan of whole milk or full fat milk, although the term full fat milk is misleading. Whole milk (full fat) contains only 3.8% fat. If I saw a product in the supermarket with that on the label no doubt it would be marketed as low fat or diet food. The fat in milk is different from trans fats in processed food.
The fat in whole milk helps you not only absorb the vitamin D but also vitamins A, D, E and K and several studies have found that the saturated fat in whole milk doesn’t appear to increase the risk of heart disease.
“Many eaters have been given the message that fat is a pathway to diabetes and heart disease, but that’s simply not the case,” says Dr. Ramsey. In fact, “Fats are essential for human health,” he says. “Your brain is 60 percent fat. Your cells are surrounded by fat. The low-fat movement is simply based on bad science.”
There are so many conflicting advice on fat and whether it’s good or bad for you, sometimes you wonder who to listen to? I think the more natural the better and I for one always buy whole milk and ask for it when I’m buying a hot drink outside the home.