whole milk

By trimmer19684 Latest Reply 2014-09-16 18:01:00 -0500
Started 2014-09-10 18:44:23 -0500

is it true that whole milk is better for you than 2% or less? I read that it helps in the loss of body fat and weight. whole milk is the only milk not stripped of conjugated linoleic acids which may affect insulin in a way that might affect the bodies ability to store fat. it was mentioned in a 2013 Swedish study.

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Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-09-16 17:20:23 -0500 Report

Milk has lactose in it. Lactose is sugar. Diabetics shouldn't have sugar therefore milk is not recommended to control blood sugar. Whole milk has less lactose than skim but the carb amount in both is too much. Whole Whipping cream is fine though.

jayabee52 2014-09-16 18:01:00 -0500 Report

Howdy Shawn
Yes, milk is not recommended to control BG (blood glucose).
It can, however be a part of a PWD's meal plan.
Since the discussion title is "Whole milk" this might be the place to note that the BG rise caused by the milk is slower with whole milk than 2% or skim due to the fat in the whole (4%) milk slowing the digestion of the carbs in the whole milk. Regarding Lactose in whole milk the Superguide to dairy says this: "Regular Milk: From our point of view, milk is pretty much milk, no matter whether it is whole, low-fat, or skim (aka nonfat). All of it contains approximately 5.0% lactose. It could be a bit more or less. Milk depends on the cows it comes from, how the cows are fed, whether milk from one batch has been mixed with another and so on. (Virtually all milk in the U.S. has been pasteurized and fortified with vitamin D and, if low-fat or skim, Vitamin A. None of this affects the lactose percentage in the least.) Other variations you might see include low-sodium milk or calcium-fortified milk. These too will have approximately 5.0% lactose ". for more see ~ http://www.stevecarper.com/li/superguide_to_d... The only milk which is reduced in Lactose is Lactose reduced or Lactose free milks "Lactose-reduced milks seem to come in three varieties: 70%, 80%, and 100% lactose-reduced. (If there are others out there, please let me know.) The 70% and 80% varieties contain about 1.1% to 1.6% lactose. The 100% variety has less than 0.5% lactose" (Superguide)

The Superguide to Dairy is fascinating reading.

rolly123 2014-09-15 14:27:22 -0500 Report

I don't care for milk if drink it it's usually 2% milk but don't like it! I do drink whole feel like that milk not watered down!

Grandmama16 2014-09-13 13:54:57 -0500 Report

Ability to store fat? Good or bad? I'd like to know for my youngest grandsons. Their mom buys from a dairy so no hormones but one boy tends to gain weight and the other doesn't. I buy 2% but only husband and son drink it. I've developed a lactose intolerance so use coconut or almond milk. If I could I would prefer whole milk.

Pegsy 2014-09-11 22:38:02 -0500 Report

After reading the comments here, I am switching back to whole milk. Maybe I will try to find raw milk. I drink so little of it anyway. I am pretty careful about consuming "real" whole foods but didn't really think about the processing of milk. It will be interesting to see how differently it may affect my glucose levels. I am not to worried about the cholesterol. I seem to have that under good control now, without medication.

Sharkey233 2014-09-11 03:44:34 -0500 Report

Drinking whole milk will not affect how big the baby is. If carry to term your baby will be between 8-9 lbs which is big but not huge.

jayabee52 2014-09-11 12:54:46 -0500 Report

who said anything about being pregnant? I see none of the responses in this discussion mentioning pregnancy.

GabbyPA 2014-09-10 18:49:46 -0500 Report

I have not heard of that study, but I only use full or whole foods. I don't do sugar free stuff, I use butter and if I drank milk, I would use whole milk. I don't care for it, so I don't keep it on hand. It does have enough fat in it to help prevent a spike that might come from low fat milk.

Pegsy 2014-09-12 19:42:12 -0500 Report

I tried the whole milk today. 1 cup was my carb at dinner. Normally I take a walk after dinner but because of rain I did not. Even so, 2 hours post I tested at 121. That is fantastic for me. Normally I would be in 130's, especially without exercise. Now I want to try raw milk, just to see.

trimmer19684 2014-09-10 18:58:00 -0500 Report

the article was in this months edition of "eating well"

trimmer19684 2014-09-10 19:00:14 -0500 Report

I do know when I was a kid way into my teen years I drank a gal a day, and I was skinny lol

GabbyPA 2014-09-11 06:42:05 -0500 Report

I have a friend who loves raw milk and swears by it. He doesn't have diabetes, but he also tries hard to eat healthy. There is so much good stuff in it that is taken out in the processing.

jayabee52 2014-09-11 12:59:44 -0500 Report

Gabby, growing up on a dairy farm we drank raw whole milk for the majority of our growing up years and despised the "white water" of the homoginized and pasturozed store bought milk. Due to my dialysis menu needs I should no longer drink milk of any kind. Bummer

Type1Lou 2014-09-13 13:59:12 -0500 Report

James, my Mom was a farm girl and they always drank raw milk. She would wrinkle her nose when I drank low-fat or skim milk calling it "blue milk" and stating that it was what they fed to their pigs after skimming off the cream. She lived to nearly 98 years old. I drank lots of whole milk as a kid and now drink 2%…the whole milk tastes sooooo rich. May need to rethink that approach.

GabbyPA 2014-09-11 10:05:14 -0500 Report

I am convinced that everything is bad for us and tomorrow it will be good for us. I just have to see how it works for me, and ignore the rest of the stuff. We are so messed up. Butter was good, then evil and now good again. Eggs are the same way....its just crazy. We are all going to die, so we should enjoy our lives while we are here. I don't mean we should be stupid about it, but consume what makes your body feel healthy. That's the way to do it.

trimmer19684 2014-09-12 20:07:10 -0500 Report

Gabby, you are right. one day its bad next its good. who can keep track any more. years go I found out a lot of things. I was at my ideal weight but I ate and drank junk. I was also in the army guards. but I never gained a lot of weight til I started listening eat good and right now I don't know if it was just my body being use to the junk but after eating good my health went down hill. one thing I could never eat is fake sugar. I hear its bad for you causes weight gain even aggravates cancers. I look at it this way now eat the real stuff besides it taste better lol.

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