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Drinking Low-Fat Pasteurized Milk Triggers Obesity

If you type the phrase drinking milk into Google, the top link you'll find -- among more than 3.5 million of them -- is my popular article explaining the many good scientific reasons why you should never consume store-bought, pasteurized milk at all. New research has uncovered one more reason you should keep the processed "moo juice" away from your kids, especially if you're helping them lose weight.

A huge nationwide study of more than 12,000 children found the more milk kids drank, the faster they gained weight. In fact, kids who drank more than three glasses of milk a day increased their odds of becoming overweight by some 35 percent. Makes you wonder why the National Dairy Council has spent $200 million over the past two years promoting the polar opposite viewpoint...

Researchers mined these results from data collected on kids (ages 9-14) participating in the Growing Up Today Study (an ongoing project examining the relationship between diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors, and an array of health issues) to uncover any links between milk consumption and weight over 12 months.

And, even though most kids tracked in the study were drinking low-fat milk, those who drank more than three glasses daily gained the most weight. That's especially important, considering reduced-fat, low-fat and fat-free varieties of milk are virtually void of absorbable of correctly profiled and metabolically beneficial vitamin D, calcium and fat.

Just another reminder one of the most beneficial things you could do for your health is to drink raw milk (check out the Real Milk Web site to find a farmer who can provide it affordably near you), but only if you can tolerate it based on your body's unique nutritional type.

Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Vol. 159, No. 6, June 2005: 543-550

San Francisco Chronicle June 7, 2005

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