Whole Milk Better for Children's Weight
Contrary to what you might think, children who drink whole milk may be leaner than those who drink milk with 1 percent or 2 percent milk fat. In a study of 2,745 children ages 2 to 6, those who regularly drank whole milk had body mass indexes—BMI, a ratio of height to weight—that were 0.72 points lower than those who drank reduced-fat milk. For a 3-foot-tall child, that would mean a difference of about 1 to 2 pounds. The link remained after accounting for other factors that can affect weight. Researchers think that because whole milk makes children feel fuller, they eat less of other higher-calorie foods.
SOURCE: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online Nov. 16, 2016