Whole milk helps you lose weight, low-fat milk makes you fat! In a new study published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers monitored dairy intake in 19,352 Swedish women for 9 years. Women who increased their consumption of whole milk consistently lost weight, whereas women who consumed the most low-fat dairy products gained weight!
- Women who increased their whole milk consumption the most over the course of the study lost 9% of their body weight, on average.
- Women who increased their low-fat dairy consumption the most gained 15% of their body weight, on average.
- Women who consumed the most low-fat dairy had 27% less CLA (a potent anti-cancer fat) than those who consumed the most whole fat dairy.
There is a myth in our society that fat makes you gain weight, and that skim and low-fat milk is better for you than whole fat. Whole milk is full of health giving fats, including CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a know cancer fighter. Grass-fed, organic milk is also a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids. The fat in milk helps us to assimilate fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins D and A.
When you consume low-fat dairy you not only miss out on these health-giving fats, you distort the balance of the milk. By removing the fat, you leave a relatively high proportion of carbohydrates in protein. This relatively high protein drink creates an acidifying effect in your body. Your body then uses calcium from your bones to buffer the acid, and this is a major cause of osteoporosis. In addition, milk that lacks fat does not produce a sensation of satiety, or "fullness" after you drink it. You then crave more calories--and hence the weight gain!
If you would like to read more about the health giving effects of dairy, and why you should buy raw and grass fed, click here. To view the study, click here.