Children Who Drink Whole Milk Have Lower Risk of Being Overweight or Obese

New research from St. Michael’s Hospital of Unity Health Toronto finds that children who drink cow’s whole milk have 40 per cent lower risk of being overweight or obese than children who drink reduced-fat milk.Children who drink whole milk have lower risk of being obese or overweight

To investigate this relationship, a team of researchers analyzed 28 studies from 7 countries which involved data on around 21,000 children aged 1 to 18 years.

The analysis showed none of the studies showed that kids drinking reduced-fat milk had a lower risk of being overweight or obese while 18 of 28 studies suggested the children who drank whole milk were less likely to be overweight or obese.

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, the lead author of the review and a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital, says: “The majority of children in Canada and the United States consume cow's milk on a daily basis and it is a major contributor of dietary fat for many children. In our review, children following the current recommendation of switching to reduced-fat milk at age two were not leaner than those consuming whole milk.”

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