Monday, March 25, 2013

Fatter milk = Slimmer kids

Allison Aubrey reports at NPR's The Salt blog that

A new study of preschool-aged children published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, a sister publication of the British Medical Journal, finds that low-fat milk was associated with higher weight.

That's right, kids drinking low-fat milk tended to be heavier.

The researchers had hypothesized just the opposite, but found that

the relationship between skim-milk drinkers and higher body weights held up across all racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

Parents, if this leaves you confused, one thing to keep in mind is that — whether it's whole, 2 percent or skim — milk is probably not a major driver when it comes to childhood weight problems. Many studies have shown that sugar-sweetened beverages play a much bigger role.

Read more here on possible guesses why these findings are happening:

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