Healthy Parents: Why We’re a Whole Milk Family

13 months.

I grew up drinking skim milk; so did my wife. However, as of last summer we switched to whole milk. Why? Because despite contrary popular belief, low-fat milk is not healthier than whole milk. And I can prove it.

Last May, I read an article in Details magazine called “Is Skim Milk Making You Fat?“ It presented evidence from a study that showed how drinking skim or 2 % milk, as opposed to whole, actually causes people to be more likely to gain weight. Why?

Low-fat milk is more processed than whole- as the word “whole” naturally implies. When the fat is removed or reduced from the milk, so go the nutrients from that fat. Therefore, those who drink low-fat milk tend to feel “less full” and therefore consume more calories elsewhere.

It seemed too radical to be true. So what did I do last May? I switched to whole milk, after only drinking skim my whole life. After 30 days, I wanted to see if I had gained or lost any weight.

I documented this science experience on my personal blog website, both before and after. The funny thing is, during that month, I ended up doubling the amount of milk I drank each day, because it tasted so much better with the extra fat (and nutrients.)

The results? I didn’t gain or lose a pound. (And no, I’m not one of those people who can eat whatever they want and never gain any weight. That was only in high school for me.)

My weight stayed virtually the exact same after the 30 day switch. After seeing the results, or lack thereof, my wife switched to whole milk as well.

So are you the least bit curious? Are you tempted to switch to whole milk now? If you do, then you yourself can be the cool person who gets to drop the knowledge on your friends that no, drinking whole milk doesn’t make you less healthy.

Someone should tell Deb that.

Image: Woman holding bottle, via Shutterstock.

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  1. by Carmen

    On January 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    We sometimes get caught up in fads without knowing the reasons behind them. This whole low fat thing is one of them. I grew up drinking whole milk. Lots and lots of it. My mom considered actually buying a cow. And I turned out fine (I think, anyway). We NEED fats… Just remember to make it the good kind :-)

  2. by Nick Shell

    On January 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, imagine how cool you would have been had your mom actually bought that cow! :)