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Swedish Study Finds Surprising Correlation Between Drinking Whole Milk And Lower BMI

September 30, 2009: 02:25 AM EST
A researcher studying 92 eight-year-olds in Sweden was surprised to find that those whose diet included whole milk had a lower body mass index (BMI) than those who drank skim milk. The researcher suggested two reasons in the unpublished study for the unexpected results: children who drank whole milk might also eat fewer high-calorie snacks and sweet drinks; or, their eating habits might just be generally healthier. The U.K.’s NHS Knowledge Service said more research is necessary and “people should not give their children full-fat milk to reduce their BMI on the basis of this research.”
Susanne Eriksson, "Studies on nutrition, body composition and bone mineralization in healthy 8-yr-olds", Ph.D. thesis (not yet published), September 30, 2009, © Göteborgs University (Sweden)
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