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A new study attempts to answer a question asked by many parents. Should babies drink low-fat milk or whole-fat milk?


Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that it does not matter. Research has found that low-fat milk is as healthy for babies as low-fat milk.

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The Australian study analyzed 49 children aged four to six for a period of three months as part of a pilot study. All children were habitual drinkers of whole fat milk.

The researchers randomly divided the children into two groups and provided milk in bottles of milk to the families. Half of them were given low-fat milk.

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Then the children were physically examined including blood pressure and body composition.

While one group had a lower fat intake, in the end, both groups had similar obesity and heart health outcomes.

The new study complements previous research from Canada. Researchers looked at more than two dozen studies on the association between drinking cow’s milk and childhood obesity. About 21,000 children between the ages of 1 and 18 were included in those studies.

They found that children who drank full-fat milk (aka whole milk) were 40% less likely to be overweight than those who drank low-fat milk.

Another study found that a diet rich in dairy fats may be associated with a lower risk of heart disease. A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine challenges the idea that full-fat dairy options should be avoided because of the saturated fat.

The comprehensive analysis also linked higher dairy fat consumption to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, making the George Institute “the most comprehensive evidence to date on the relationship between dairy fat consumption, this more objective measure of cardiovascular disease and risk of death.”

While whole milk may be fine for babies, there are concerns about chocolate milk. Some school districts have banned chocolate milk from menus because of health concerns, including too much sugar.

The restrictions come despite studies showing it provides more nutrients to babies who drink it, who avoid all milk.