For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? The clear answer to the question posed by the Washington Post today is yes, it was wrong. In July I said that the government should change overly restrictive limits on fat content in school meals.
In a study I co-authored for the League of Women Voters of the Fairfax Area in May 2014, we quoted comments questioning recommendations against whole milk:
Comments: “Remarkably few randomized clinical trials have examined the effects of reduced-fat milk (0 percent to 2 percent fat content) compared with whole milk on weight gain or other health outcomes,” David S. Ludwig and Walter C. Willett write in JAMA Pediatrics. Their article questions the scientific rationale for promoting reduced-fat milk consumption at these levels in children and adults and reconsiders the role of cow’s milk in human nutrition. CBS news reports that another study in the Archives of Disease in Childhood “echoed the JAMA study and showed that children who drank lower-fat milk were more likely to be overweight later in life.”