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The Skinny on Whole Milk

January 18, 2018

The Whole vs. Skim Debate

Most Americans believe that the healthiest choice they can make when choosing a carton from the dairy aisle is skim milk – especially if they are looking to lose a few pounds. Milk products with higher fat content are considered an indulgence. The decision of whether or not you should be eating fat if you wanted to lose body fat seemed to be a no-brainer. Is it that black and white? Experts now say many of these ideas surrounding fat in our dairy products may have been wrong.

According to a recent review, the research on the fat content of dairy pointed to some surprising findings. The conclusion was that “people who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat dairy. When it comes to weight gain, full-fat dairy may actually be better for you.”

The Deliciously Surprising Secret of Whole Milk

Wait, what was that last part? Rich, creamy, full-fat dairy can actually HELP you lose weight? That doesn’t seem to make any sense, does it. According to another 2013 study, those who frequently ate full-fat butter, milk and cream had lower obesity rates than those who avoided dairy fat. So how can more calories equal a trimmer waistline? The secret comes down to fullness. The extra fatty acids in whole milk can help you burn fat while eating less at the time you consume the dairy products and for a few hours following. In this case, not all calories are created equal.

Nutrient Density and Personalized Nutrition

So should you switch from skim milk to whole? The answer depends on a few different factors including your taste preference, your lifestyle and your weight loss goals. Making a change drastically in the other direction isn’t going to do you any favors. Regardless of whether you choose whole milk or skim, dairy best serves the body when part of a diet that includes fruits and vegetables to provide essential micronutrients and fiber to keep blood sugar balanced.

The optimal diet for you is the one that works best for your body. Milk and other dairy products are a great way to fuel your body and can even be used to replenish energy after a good workout. We would love to know, how does dairy help keep you healthy? Tell us and name your favorite Rockview product on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!