Skim Milk Linked with Obesity (and Scary Secrets about How It’s Made)

Broke and Healthy - Skim Milk Linked to Obesity


According to a recent study, low-fat dairy products, namely skim milk, contributed to a higher obesity rate in children. First thought to help children avoid weight gain, many doctors suggested that parents give their children skim milk instead of whole milk. Makes sense, right? Lower calories and less fat means skinny kids! But as the study states, the added calories in whole milk may not be as big of a deal as once thought.

“When DeBoer analyzed how choice of milk might be affecting weight over time, he found that children who were normal weight at the start of the study and consistently drank the 1% milk showed a 57% increased chance of becoming overweight or obese by the they were 4.”

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Broke and Healthy - Skim Milk Linked to Obesity

For more information about the truth about skim milk and how it’s ACTUALLY made, read this Butter Believer article.

“Skim milk actually has no vitamin K because it’s concentrated in the butterfat of the milk. And as for the others? They are fat-soluble vitamins. So even if you were to get a little bit of them in from drinking your fat-free milk, you won’t actually be able to absorb and assimilate them into your body.”

“Before processing, skim milk has a very unappetizing blueish color, a chalky taste, and watery texture that doesn’t resemble natural milk at all. So, to whiten, thicken, and make it taste a little more normal, powdered milk solids are often mixed into the milk. 

What’s so bad about powdered milk? Well, in the manufacturing process, liquid milk is forced through tiny holes at very high pressure, which causes the cholesterol in the milk to oxidize, and toxic nitrates to form.

Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, while unoxidized cholesterol from unprocessed foods is actually an antioxidant to help fight inflammation in the body. The proteins found in powdered milk are so denatured that they are unrecognizable by the body and contribute to inflammation.”

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Moral of the Story

In the 1920’s and 30’s, doctors used to promote cigarettes. We finally all caught on that cigarettes will kill you. That took several decades of studies to figure out.

Just because it’s recommended doesn’t always mean it’s right. Keep this as your rule of thumb: if you’re eating or drinking it the way it was naturally made, it’s probably okay to eat in moderation. If it has been bastardized by humans (like skim milk), leave it alone. One day you may find out that it has been killing you, or making you fatter, all these years.



About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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  1. Is 1% or 2% better? Because I’m not a fan of how creamy whole milk is, but want to he healthy.

    • When I buy milk, I buy whole milk, actually. The more fat taken out of the milk, the more sugar, etc. they have to use to cover up the taste and texture of less fat. It’s not the fat that’s the problem, it’s everything else they substitute the fat with!

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