ScienceDaily (Nov. 4, 2009) — "Eight-year-old children who drink full-fat milk every day have a lower BMI than those who seldom drink milk. This is not the case for children who often drink medium-fat or low-fat milk. This is one conclusion of a thesis presented at the Sahlgrenska Academy.
The study showed that children who drink full-fat milk every day weigh on average just over 4 kg less."
Our family has been drinking full cream raw milk for the last couple of years. My body fat has decreased from about 17% to 12%, My partner, Alofa, is 18% fat which is remarkable for a 44yr old Samoan woman and our child, Alama, is all lean muscle and nothing else.
Despite this increase in fat in our diet, my cholesterol levels have dropped a little. This is the first drop in over 20 years of monitoring my cholesterol levels.
At the same time, there has been a substantial improvement in my cardiovascular performance as a runner and a cyclist.
Of course, we have done many practical measures to improve our family's health in addition to switching to raw milk.
Our personal experience is that that raw full cream milk leaves one far more satisfied for longer, meaning we probably eat a little less overall. The raw milk is a complete food that is rich in many of the nutrients that are absent or lacking in the modern diet, such as the fat soluble vitamins - including vitamin D.
We get our raw milk direct from a farmer under the arrangement of a "Cow Share" agreement by which we pay the farmer to look after our cow which produces milk for our consumption. If you do not have access to this kind of resource, then the next best thing is to purchase only the silver top milk from your supermarket.
Feed your children real NZ butter and shun the maragrines, including the ones that come with heart health claims.
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