Full Fat or Low Fat Skim Milk; Which Milk is Best?

When it comes to food, 100% of the time if we pick the food that is in its complete and true natural state then it is going to be the healthier option. When presented with questions from a patient as to what would be healthier, I always go for the most natural option. In the instance of milk, a milk that is full cream and organic is going to be the healthiest for a number of reasons.

The reason that I am writing this article is because at one point there was a real push towards consuming foods that were low in fat for weight loss. There are some instances where low fat foods are going to be important for a patient and I will point that out. But for everyone else, you are better off to consume the fats.

Reason number one why fats are important in milk is because fats slow the release of sugar into your blood stream. Fats are going to help balance the fat and sugar component of milk making it a more wholesome food. It also means that if you are slowing the release of sugar into the blood stream, then less will convert into fat.

Skim milk is going to be more of a problem when it comes to obesity because it contains almost no fat but so much sugar.

That sugar is going to cause a lot of problems with blood sugar spikes and its going to make the body crave fat or crave fullness. You need fat to feel full.

Another reason why a full fat milk would be the best is because skim milk can leave you feeling unsatisfied because it doesn’t have the fat in it, and because you feel unsatisfied you could then go on to eat less healthy foods to fill yourself up and feel full.

Saturated fats that are found in whole milk trigger the release of a hormone, cholecystokinin. This hormone is a hormone that helps you to feel full. And its important that when you eat or drink something that it helps you feel full, otherwise you will just keep eating.

Many companies are adding sugary additives and even flavourings to encourage people to enjoy the taste and drink more of it, particularly in kids milk drinks which is quite scary. Sugary milk drinks equate to more empty calories in milk, therefore it is going to release fewer nutrients into your body.

Another really important point in regards to full cream vs skim milk is that full cream milk contains fat and therefore contains fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K, and these fat-soluble vitamins are so important when it comes to keeping the immune system strong, and is also really important for brain and eye developments and for our nervous system.

When you take the fat out of milk, you are not getting your fat-soluble vitamins.

There are certain situations where full fat milk is not a good idea. Firstly, someone who has had their gallbladder removed. If you have had your gall bladder removed it means that you are going to find it harder to process fatty foods. And by eating fatty foods or drinking fatty drinks it can cause problems like diarrhoea. Rather than switching to skim milk, I would actually you suggest that you find another beverage that is natural. Potentially almond milk or cashew milk. Another situation where full cream milk may not be a good idea is if you have high cholesterol, a little bit of milk will be fine but having large doses of full cream milk is going to contribute to your cholesterol issue. Small amounts are OK and when a person with a cholesterol issue looks after their liver so that their liver can filter the fats out of their blood properly, that can often resolve the issue.

In conclusion, full cream vs skim milk, I go for full cream organic milk 100%. There are further arguments around is dairy good for you or not. I will touch on that very lightly.

For our oncology patients at the clinic, we recommend they stay away from dairy as much as possible. Particularly when they have a cancer that responds to hormones because dairy is going to contain hormones. Generally speaking, in the case of oncology, we try to avoid dairy.

Years ago dairy was considered a very important part of the diet and that had a lot to do with the marketing of dairy. It can be a great food and it does suit a lot of people. At the same time, we do have to consider that approximately 68% of the Asian and South East Asian population have an intolerance to dairy. That’s makes up a huge percentage of the world’s population.

At the end of the day, there is no right or wrong answer to this, when you are making the decision as to what milk you are keeping in your fridge or pantry there is a lot of things that you need to think about. Nothing is good or bad, its more about what are your goals and what are your priorities for your health. If you have cancer you are going to have very different priorities to somebody who is trying to lose weight versus someone who is struggling with hormonal issues. Take a look at your priorities first then choose accordingly.

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