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Reduced-fat milk is high in sugar and may be contributing to the obesity epidemic

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

One cup of 2-percent milk contains 12.3 grams of sugar, more than a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup and almost as much as a chocolate chip cookie. Consider that the recommendations for sugar intake call for just 12 grams a day (three teaspoons, at 4 grams each) for children. So one serving of milk a day would put a child over the limit, two cups a day would top a womanís limit of 5 teaspoons, and three cups a day would top a manís limit of 8-9 teaspoons.

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MSKRIS7 7/24/2013 9:07AM


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JIBBIE49 7/24/2013 12:46AM

    It's funny how growing up and during my teen years I drank milk everyday since we lived on a farm and had two dairy cows, one a holsten and the other a Brown Swiss. I wasn't fat growing up, at all, but seems like now, with eating processed food, I've learned how there are all types of CHEMICALS added in the food we eat especially MSG and others with long names on the labels. Dr. Mercola writes about these on his web site and I've learned so much. He says to Google "How to make a mouse FAT." In order to study a fat mouse in the lab, they first have to make a mouse FAT, since a natural mouse is never fat. It is interesting what they feed it.

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MJ7DM33 7/23/2013 7:35PM


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MCJULIEO 7/23/2013 4:44PM

    I've started using almond milk for my cereal...

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WOUBBIE 7/23/2013 9:31AM

    It's a fact that reduced-fat EVERYTHING is contributing to the epidemic. When you remove fat one of two things happens - either what's left is now NATURALLY higher in sugar than its whole-fat precursor (as in the case of the skim milk) or the manufacturer has to ADD some form of sugar to make the food palatable again (as in the case of nearly everything that now has corn syrup in it but didn't use to).

There's a lot of debate about whether dairy products are appropriate for, say, paleo eating plans. My take is that if you have the genetic mutation that allows you to digest milk past toddlerhood, then go ahead and eat it. If not, then it's safe to drop from your diet.

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ANNEMARGAR 7/23/2013 8:27AM

    The sugar in milk is lactose - a naturally occuring sugar - not added sugar so it should not count towards the daily sugar count. Another thing to consider, the purpose of milk is to provide nutrients to a newborn (cow in this case). Milk is suppose to be high in growth nutrients and natural sugar. People really should not be drinking milk or eating milk products at all.

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KALIGIRL 7/23/2013 8:27AM

    emoticon Important information.

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EVIE4NOW 7/23/2013 8:15AM

  interesting. thank you.

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