But new research indicates that mother nature's full-fat cow's milk might have been the best choice for keeping off the pounds after all.
A recent study of 11,000 toddlers showed that two-year-olds who drink full-fat milk are less likely to be overweight by the age of four than those on low-fat milk.
The higher-fat milk makes children feel fuller for longer, so they eat less as a result. They also get the nutrients that they need so they’re not seeking out more food to fill the nutritional gap.
Now nutrition writer and obesity campaigner Zoe Harcombe, author of Stop Counting Calories & Start Losing Weight and The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How Can We Stop It? has joined the debate.
She said: “Skimmed milk and other low-fat dairy produce can make you fatter. Here’s why.
Fat tastes great for good reason: it keeps us alive and it is uniquely satiating — it makes us feel full. If I ever get given a skinny cappuccino by mistake, it not only tastes gross but it doesn’t satisfy me.
“A large milky coffee can nicely bridge the gap between an early breakfast and a late lunch. It feels substantial. Skimmed milk has no such ability to satisfy the appetite.
“The same goes for a reduced-fat yoghurt, or low-calorie cheese substitute. Put bluntly, if you don’t eat enough fat, you won’t feel full — if you feel constantly hungry, you’ll keep eating and get fatter.
“Our planet has provided all the nutrients we need in the natural food around us — if we shun eggs for processed breakfast cereal, or steak for a sandwich full of additives, these calories won’t count towards health in anything like the same way.”
Untreated dairy produce is a vital source of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fat-soluble need to be delivered to the body in, or at least with, fat to work effectively.
Zoe added: “So man removes the fat to make low-fat milk and thereby removes the nutritional delivery mechanism — how stupid!
“Of all the misconceptions about food that litter the media today, the one that has harmed humans the most is the idea that fat makes you fat.”
Zoe's website is at zoeharcombe.com
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