Skip the Skim

milkLooking to take the healthy road and mix up your liquid intake? Well you can pass
on the low fat milk.

JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) Pediatrics found out that reduced-fat milk is high in sugar and may be contributing to the obesity epidemic.

David Ludwig, MD of Harvard tells us that one cup of 2-percent milk contains 12.3 grams of sugar, more than a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and almost as much as a chocolate chip cookie. Really makes you rethink milk and cookies, doesn’t it?


You may think that 12.3 grams isn’t that much seeing as how most sodas contain 25 grams of sugar. Well, ┬ájust remember that your child should only ingest about 12 grams a day. So one serving of milk a day would put a child over the weekly limit.

A glass of low fat milk also provides 122 calories, which may not sound like a lot, but by the time you’ve drunk three servings that’s 366 calories that can be used somewhere more nutritional.

Ludwig says, humans evolved on a diet free of milk, and milk consumption in general is nutritionally unnecessary, as a healthy diet can provide adequate calcium through beans, nuts, greens, and certain types of fish.

Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Soy Milk are also better alternatives. But it’s safer to avoid sweetened or flavored kinds because your sugar intake will spike.

So, now the only question is: What’s a healthy way to eat your milk and cookies now?

Do you know the answer? Let me know in the comment section below.

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Mark Alderson