Low-fat milk has always been the option health-conscious parents would lean toward. After all, it has to be healthier: The word “skim” is right in the product name! But according to recent research published in the journal, Circulation, people who regularly consume full-fat dairy are up to 46 percent less likely to develop diabetes than those who stick with low-fat milk and other dairy products.
The Daily Meal has acknowledged the exaggerated health benefits or hidden detriments to drinking skim milk multiple times, and have even interviewed doctors who have touted the benefits of drinking whole milk instead.
“I think these findings together with those from other studies do call for a change in the policy of recommending only low-fat dairy products,” Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, one of the researchers, told Time. “There is no prospective human evidence that people who eat low-fat dairy do better than people who eat whole-fat dairy.”
The researchers studied 3,300 adults for 15 years and noted their dairy intake habits, as well as their propensity for developing diabetes, and found not only that whole milk-drinkers were less likely to develop diabetes, and they were also 8 percent less likely to become obese.
Researchers acknowledge that the findings are preliminary and would require more studies to determine if health guidelines should change.