A recent review of some Canadian medical studies indicate that ingesting whole milk as a young child may actually help decrease unhealthy weight gain instead of switching to one percent or skim milk — which is what many pediatricians, especially in the United States, have been preaching to mothers for the past fifteen years. The researchers up in Canada went through fourteen different studies that included nearly 21 thousand Canadian children between the ages of two and eighteen. The comparisons ranged children who stay on whole milk (which is defined as milk with over three percent butterfat in it) and children who only drank milk containing lesser amounts of butterfat, usually one percent.
Collating the data in these studies, scientists have calculated a comparison with shows that children who were fed only one percent or skimmed milk were thirty nine percent more likely to experience obesity problems as young adults, as compared to those children who only drank whole milk as they grew up. The Canadian study is scheduled to be published in the American Nutrition Clinical Journal in the coming month.
Dieticians and nutritionists speculate that the study shows that because of its fat content, whole milk gives children a feeling of fullness sooner than does skim or one percent milk, helping them to eat smaller portions.