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Researchers say whole fat milk is as good as low fat for kids

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Joondalup [Australia], December 4 (ANI): A recent study by a team of researchers from the Edith Cowan University asserted that whole fat milk is as good as low-fat milk for kids.

The study has been published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’.

It suggested the current public health advice recommending children over the age of two consume low-fat dairy products may need to be revised.

ECU’s Associate Professor Therese O’Sullivan led the investigation into the consumption of full-fat dairy products in children as part of the Milky Way study.

Over a three-month period, 49 healthy children aged four to six were randomly allocated to receive either whole-fat or low-fat dairy products in place of their normal dairy intake.

Dairy products were home delivered every fortnight in plain packaging at no cost to the participants, to ensure purchase price wasn’t a factor.

Neither group knew whether they were consuming whole-fat or low-fat dairy, while any leftover products were weighed each fortnight to assess the children’s overall intake.

For the first time, researchers comprehensively measured the children’s obesity, body composition, blood pressure, and blood biomarkers to monitor the effects of their dairy consumption.

Regardless of whether they were consuming whole-fat or low-fat dairy, both groups of children took in similar amounts of calories.

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