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Is Whole Milk Contributing to Your Obesity?

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Whole versus low-fat milk debate continues

Does whole milk contribute to obesity? Here’s the latest on the issue according to a recent ABC News story.


A new diet trend is developing where weight (and health) conscious dieters are saying that drinking whole milk may not be such a bad thing to do in spite of previous years of health advice turning Americans to its lower-fat, slimmer version.

In fact, research reported earlier this year told dieters that drinking whole milk may actually be more beneficial. Today, that research appears to have an effect on consumers as this recent ABC News story reports that sales of full-fat milk is trending and flying off the shelves across the country.

While current sales of whole milk may be on the rise, its role in obesity is not clear cut as was pointed out in this earlier video from CBS News when a new study posited that their results show that people who drink milk tend to weigh less than those who do not.

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So does this mean that we can go back to putting whole milk in our coffee and our kid’s morning cereal? Yes―in moderation. At least until new research indicates definitively otherwise.

For now, health experts acknowledge that drinking whole fat milk in the morning is likely beneficial toward preventing obesity due to that it might be satisfying fat cravings and causing dieters to feel fuller so that they will eat less throughout the day.

For a related topic on obesity and another type of whole milk, here is an informative article about if your breast milk could be making your baby fat.

Reference: ABC NewsWant whole milk? Study says it can help with weight loss