Children should include milk in their diet often. Filled with nutrients such as protein, calcium, and magnesium, milk helps to boost young children’s growth and development. But have you been aware of what kind of milk you should choose for your child? Several parameters exist. You may want to feed him / her whole milk if you want to avoid the risk of obesity in your infant.
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis undertaken by Unity Health Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, children who drank whole milk had 40% lower risk of obesity compared to children who ate low-fat milk. The research has been published in Clinical Nutrition’s The American Review.
Researchers analyzed 28 research from seven countries for the study that examined the association between children consuming cow’s milk and the risk of overweight. The study involved about 21,000 children between one and 18 years of age in total. According to scientists, none of the studies show odds of obese children who consume reduced-fat milk. According to eighteen of the 28 reports, children who drank whole milk were less likely to be overweight.
For many, the results come as a surprise, particularly as many international recommendations recommend that children eat reduced-fat cow milk instead of whole milk from age two to reduce the risk of obesity.
Researchers said that current recommendations for moving to reduced-fat milk at age two may not prevent overweight for babies. All the experiments were observational in nature; in a randomized controlled trial in the future, the researchers are hoping to determine the cause and effect of whole milk and lower risk of obesity.