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Children should drink full-fat milk until the age of at least six, a study suggests – as they are likely to grow up slimmer and have higher levels of vitamin D.
The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition involved 2,745 children ages two to six years. It measured their height and weight to calculate BMI and took blood samples to assess vitamin D levels.
In recent years, experts have recommended that toddlers switch to semi-skimmed milk from the age of two, as part of efforts to prevent obesity. However, the new study found that those given full-fat milk ended up with a significantly lower BMI than those given semi-skimmed milk.
The study also suggests that children who drank full-fat milk were likely to end up less hungry, making them less likely to snack on high calorie foods. Besides, they were found to have higher levels of vitamin D, which protects the bones and immune system.
Source article: http://iservice.ltn.com.tw/Service/english/english.php?engno=1071790&day=2017-01-17