|July 8, 2013 by MARCO TORRES
Experts Explain How Low-Fat or Skim Milk Encourages Weight Gain
Processed and pasteurized milk is already a dead liquid, lacking any real nutritional value, but if you think drinking skim milk will help keep your weight down, think again. New research has discovered that drinking reduced fat milk might in fact be making us bigger, not smaller.
Most of my readers are well aware of my stance on pasteurized milk and milk in general. Pasteurized milk is perhaps one of the most nutritionally deficient beverages misappropriately labeled as a “perfect food.” In my opinion, there is sufficient evidence by now thathumans should not be drinking any milk from any animal except our own species.
Government Recommendations on Milk Lead To Disease and Obesity
Government guidelines currently recommend that people consume ‘moderate amounts of milk and dairy, choosing reduced fat versions or eating smaller amounts of full fat versions or eating them less often.’
It is generally thought that by drinking skim milk you can get whole milk’s benefits (which are next to none) without the fat and calories. Let’s make it perfectly clear first and foremost that pasteurization destroys enzymes, diminishes vitamin content, denatures fragile milk proteins, destroys vitamins C, B12 and B6, kills beneficial bacteria, promotes pathogens and is associated with allergies, increased tooth decay, colic in infants, growth problems in children, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease and cancer. So there are no real benefits of any kind with pasteurized milk, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume there are.
By reducing the fat, the skim milk is certainly lower in calories, but the authors of the study – David Ludwig, of Boston’s Children Hospital, and Dr. Walter Willett, of the Harvard School of Public Health – believe lower calorie beverages do not necessarily mean lower calorie intake. Their new study was published in JAMA Pediatrics.
Consumers are being milked and skimmed in more ways than one. The promise of weight loss and healthier hearts by drinking skim/low-fat products is false and actually seems to cause weight gain and more artery clogging. Then the milk conglomerates, many call them the milk monopoly, take the good fats they took away from you and sell it back to you at higher profit margins in other products.
They say there is very little data to back up the idea that skim milk promotes weight loss or management and that because reduced fat foods might not be as filling, they could lead consumers to compensate by eating and drinking more.
A previous study actually found that those who drank low fat milk had a higher chance of being overweight later on in life, according to Time Magazine.
‘Our original hypothesis was that children who drank high fat milk, either whole milk or two per cent, would be heavier because they were consuming more saturated fat calories,’ said author of the study Dr. Mark Daniel DeBoer, an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Virgina School of Medicine.
Companies trying to sell low-fat milk often increase sugar levels to make them taste better.
In the U.S. there’s a big push by the dairy industry to introduce additional artificial sweeteners such as aspartame to regular milk. The addition of aspartame will change the standard of identity of “milk” and would require something like “Chocolate Milk” to be labeled, “Reduced Calorie Chocolate Milk.” International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) recently petitioned the FDA to change this clause. They say children are adverse to the “low-calorie” label and that this labeling change will negatively affect milk sales.
And to avoid any confusion, aspartame (along with any other artificial sweetener) will not be secretly added as some hidden ingredient to flavored milk. There seems to be a huge misconception out there regarding this. It will still be an added ingredient, listed on the ingredients label, just like any other additive. Even if the Dairy Industry gets its way… Fear not! You will still be able to tell if your chocolate milk has an artificial sweetener in it. Just flip over the container and look at the ingredients label: if you see “aspartame,” “sucralose” or “acesulfame potassium” you will know that the beverage you’re holding contains an artificial sweetener!
Studies have showed time and time again that a reduced-fat diet, similarly to a reduced-calorie diet, does not result in long-term weight loss and health, but instead leads only to “transient” weight loss — that would be weight that comes piling right back on after it’s temporarily shed. This is because healthy fats actually curb your appetite and trigger the production of hormones which tell the brain when you’re full. If you’re not eating fat, you stay constantly hungry, and wind up binging on unhealthy food. Fat-free milk essentially signals to your body that something is missing, which leads to overeating and weight gain.
In 2003, the Cochrane Collaboration, a respected source for unbiased reviews of research, compared low-fat diets with low-calorie diets and found that “fat-restricted diets are no better than calorie-restricted diets in achieving long-term weight loss.” As Walt Willet of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in the American Journal of Medicine, “Diets high in fat do not appear to be the primary cause of the high prevalence of excess body fat in our society, and reductions in fat will not be a solution.”
It’s becoming widely accepted that fats actually curb your appetite, by triggering the release of the hormone cholecystokinin, which causes fullness. Fats also slow the release of sugar into your bloodstream, reducing the amount that can be stored as fat. In other words, the more fat in your milk, the less fat around your waist. Not only will low-fat milk fail to trim your gut, it might even make you fatter than if you were to drink whole, according to one large study. In 2005, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and other institutions studied the weight and milk consumption of 12,829 kids ages 9 to 14 from across the country. “Contrary to our hypothesis,” they reported, “skim and 1% milk were associated with weight gain, but dairy fat was not.”
A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that those who ate the most high-fat dairy products, like whole milk, butter, and cheddar cheese, had about a 60 percent lower risk of developing adult-onset diabetes over 14 years than those who opted for skim milk and fat-free yogurt.
‘We were really surprised when we looked at the data and it was very clear that within every ethnicity and every socioeconomic strata, that it was actually the opposite, that children who drank skim milk and one-percent were heavier than those who drank two-percent and whole.’
It should be noted that even full-fat milk only contains three to four per cent fat anyway.
Somehow this low-fat milk has become so entrenched in the nutritional psyche, it persists despite the absence of evidence,’ said Mr Ludwig.
‘To the contrary, the evidence that now exists suggests an adverse effect of reduced-fat milk.’
1. It was designed to profit off of you, not make you healthy.
2. It’s got a mystery ingredient they’re not telling you about.
3. It contains antibiotics, nasty bodily fluids, and GMOs.
4. It provides almost no nutritional value.
5. It won’t make or keep you skinny.
6. It won’t help you avoid heart disease
Do you think there are enough reasons by now to avoid conventional milk?