Drinking Whole Milk May Actually Help You Manage Your Weight
A lot of people avoid drinking whole milk because they assume the extra fat and calories will make them to gain more weight. However, the opposite is probably true.
According to multiple studies, consuming high-fat dairy products, such as whole milk, may actually help prevent weight gain.
In a review, 11 out of 16 studies found an association between consuming high-fat dairy and a lower risk of obesity. One very large study discovered that women who consumed the highest amounts of high-fat dairy products were the least likely to become overweight over time.
Another study conducted using 1,782 men found that those who had a high intake of high-fat dairy products had a 48% lower risk of developing abdominal obesity, relative to men who had a medium intake. In the same study, the men who had a low intake of high-fat dairy products had a 53% higher risk of abdominal obesity.
The significance is that, abdominal obesity, in which fat accumulates around the waistline, may be the worst kind of weight gain. Research have found that having fat around your middle majorly increases your risk of dying from heart disease and cancer.
The relationship between milk and weight management has been a topic of research for many years and findings have been inconsistent. However, most of these studies either include all types of dairy products or focus on low-fat dairy.
In researches that look at only high-fat dairy products, like whole milk, there is a pretty consistent connection between high-fat dairy and lower body weight.
A study conducted with respondents of nearly 20,000 women found that those who consumed more than one serving of whole milk per day were 15% less likely to gain weight over a period of nine years than women who drank no milk or low-fat milk.
In conclusion, people who drink whole milk tend to weigh less. There is no evidence that drinking whole milk instead of skim will make you gain weight.