Replacing Lost Calories
A study of 145 Australian kids found that kids switched to low fat dairy products did not lower their weight their body mass index (BMI) anymore than kids who did not get dietary advice. Consuming low fat dairy did cause their cholesterol to drop slightly. Dairy products lower in fat content do contain less cholesterol but the calcium and vitamin D levels are the same making the transition safe. Overall fat consumption was 13.3 percent and 16.6 percent in the low fat and control group, respectively. But the fact that kids in the low fat dairy group, researchers believe they are just getting more calories from other dietary sources. The National Dairy Council says these results support previous research that milk either has no effect or a positive effect on body composition.