Raise your hand if you have a container of low-fat milk in your refrigerator right now.
Yes, one percent, two percent and skim milk all count.
If you had your hand up, do us a favor. Step away from the computer, head straight to the fridge and pour that swill down the drain. We’ll be here when you get back.
Listen, we get it. You’re trying your best to make healthy choices for yourself and your family. That’s why you bought the “healthier” low-fat milk in the first place.
But the truth is you’ve been lied to, brainwashed and hornswoggled. Because that so-called “healthy” choice is anything but. Even worse it’s part of a bigger low-fat trend that’s actually harming our health.
Let us explain….
The low-fat milk lie is making us fat & sick
You’ve been told that making low-fat milk a part of a healthy diet is good for your family.
You’ve been led to believe that by choosing low-fat you’re getting all the dairy benefits—such as calcium and vitamin D—but without the harmful high-calorie fat that contributes to heart disease and diabetes-linked obesity.
The only trouble is, it’s simply not true. Because if you’re drinking low-fat milk your actually more likely to be overweight.
Don’t believe it? Researchers at the University of Virginia were shocked when their research revealed the truth a couple of years ago too.
In fact, the seemingly shell-shocked lead researcher Dr. Mark DeBoar appeared to still be stunned when he sputtered “In isolation, if you keep everything else the same, skim milk is still fewer calories.”1
But after crunching the numbers and pouring through all the data there it was in black and white in the heartbreakingly titled journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. Skim and one percent milk drinkers were far more likely to be overweight or obese than their whole-milk drinking peers.2
Not only that, they had higher body fat percentages. Shocked? Don’t be, there’s actually a very simple explanation.
You’ve heard of the glycemic index before, right? It’s a simple system that ranks food on a scale from 1 to 100 based on how each of the foods effect your blood sugar.
And that skim milk we had you dump down the drain? Despite being lower calorie and lower fat, it is 5 points HIGHER on the glycemic index than whole-milk is.3,4 In other words, skim milk breaks down faster slamming your bloodstream with glucose and driving your blood sugar up.
And we probably don’t need to tell you that soaring blood sugars are associated with diabetes and cause you to pack on pounds raising your risk for heart disease.
But it really shouldn’t surprise any of us since the low-fat trend is built on what may be the biggest scam ever in medical history. The truth is animal-based saturated fats do NOT make us fat.
We don’t have room to do justice to the entire sickening story here, but it’s one you should absolutely know about so click here for a great wrap up.
But to be honest we should have already know that low-fat milk wasn’t the health drink it was being sold as. In fact, that milk study lead by Dr. LeBoar wasn’t even the first one that should have left low fat milk with a black eye. You see, an earlier study out of Denmark showed that when kids were put on a strictly controlled diet, that included either 53 grams of meat or skim milk daily, within just one week the skim-milk diet had led to high insulin levels and insulin resistance!5
Nature gave us fat for a reason
Remember that old commercial from the 70’s where there’s a clap of lightening and the tag line is, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”?
If you’re too young you can easily find it on YouTube. It’s a silly commercial–and it was for margarine, yuck!–but in the case of milk it also happens to be true. Removing the natural fat from milk that nature put there is simply a bad idea.
You see nature is wise and that fat exists in our food for a very good reason. In the case of whole-fat milk, and other animal foods such as meat, the fat serves an important purpose. It slows down the absorption rate of glucose so the sugars enter our bloodstream slower. (See, now that lower glycemic index on whole milk makes perfect sense, right?)
But that’s not the only good thing about fat, of course.
Fats are also rich in good-for-us nutrients, and in the case of milk the ill-advised skimming process strips away our body’s ability to make the best use of important fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin A, E, K and D. And we shouldn’t overlook the fact that fats help us feel more full and satisfied so they literally can help us lose weight by keeping us from overeating.6
Like we said, nature is wise.
1. “Low-fat milk doesn’t help toddlers’ weight, study says” Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2013
2. “Longitudinal evaluation of milk type consumed and weight status in preschoolers,” Arch Dis Child 2013;98:335-340
3. “Glycemic Index – University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, amsa.org
4. “Glycemic Index: Weight Loss Sham or Sensation?” University of New Mexico, urm.edu
5. “High intakes of milk, but not meat, increase s-insulin and insulin resistance in 8-year-old boys,” European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2005) 59, 393–398
6. “Dietary fat is not a major determinant of body fat,” The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 113, Issue 9, Supplement 2 , Pages 47-59, 30 December 2002