Healthy Living

Mar 13, 2014 6:47 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Whole vs. Skim Milk: which one is healthier?

New studies find drinking fattier milk might actually help people lose weight.

Researchers found middle-aged men who consumed whole milk, butter, and cream were less likely to be obese over 12 years than those who consumed skim milk.

It's unclear why, but one theory is whole milk could make us feel more full and less likely to eat more.

However, doctors warn whole milk's saturated fats put a person at greater risk for heart disease.

"For example, Finland in the 1960s, they had the highest heart disease rates in the world, and they've gone to skim milk," said Dr. Thomas Kottke, a cardiologist. He says switching to skim milked dropped heart disease rates by 50 percent in Finland.

Ultimately, doctors say the best thing to do is reduce heart disease risk and stay thin by eating a diet full of vegetables, fruit, and fish.

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