Drinking full fat milk to boost your health and weight-loss journey

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Drinking full fat milk to boost your health and weight-loss journey (Image: Pixabay)
Drinking full fat milk to boost your health and weight-loss journey (Image: Pixabay)

New Delhi : When it comes to losing fat, people tend to give up on full-fat milk and go for low fat or skimmed milk but with this, they unintentionally give up on many healthy nutrients. Most companies promote low-fat milk but one needs to understand that it is just their marketing strategy to sell their product. In this article, we try to understand the benefits of having full-fat milk over low-fat milk.

It must be noted that full-fat milk is only to be consumed by the ones who are lactose tolerant and are not advised by the doctor to avoid milk-based products.

# Nothing to worry about fat in milk

Normally, fat in milk is linked with rising cholesterol levels and heart problems. Whole milk contains 3.5 per cent fat, low-fat milk has only 1 per cent and skimmed milk is less than 0.5 per cent. People go for low-fat milk, but there is still no valid proof that claims saturated fat is better than full fat. To top it all, there is no evidence to date that full-fat milk leads to heart problems.

# Full fat milk is full of nutrients

Milk contains essential nutrients like vitamins A, B, C D and E, calcium, potassium and others. When you give up on full-fat milk, you are left with very few vitamins as compared to whole milk. That's because when the fat is removed from milk, some amount of fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A, B12 and D) are also removed from it. Omega-3 fatty acids, which is good for heart health, is also found to be less in low-fat and skimmed milk as compared to whole milk.

# Full fat milk helps in weight loss

Whole milk is beneficial for the bones as compared to low-fat milk as it contains both calcium and vitamin D in a fair amount. These days deficiency of Vitamin D is a common thing to see in people. Full-fat milk is indeed high in calories, but that would not be a problem if it is taken in a controlled amount. As far as the effect of high-fat content is concerned, studies suggest that whole milk and other high-fat milk products may actually help prevent weight gain.

#Lowers metabolic syndrome

Loaded with vitamins and minerals, whole milk also reduces the risk of developing metabolic syndrome. As per studies, drinking whole milk daily can cut down the risk of insulin resistance, high triglyceride levels, atherosclerosis and abdominal obesity. Just to be on the safe side, take only a glass of whole milk in a day. Whether you are having oatmeal, shakes or protein shakes, stick to only one glass of milk.

While all these benefits are mentioned with researches and studies; it is advised that you must consult your doctor or dietician before actually cutting down on the daily milk intake. Milk is an essential part of a balanced diet and a cup of milk or 250 ml of milk daily can provide you with numerous vitamins and minerals required by the body to function efficiently.