The Deseret News reports:
Two Harvard professors question whether replacing whole milk with reduced-fat milk accomplishes its weight-management and disease-prevention goals.
In a “Viewpoint” editorial in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, Dr. David S. Ludwig of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and Dr. Walter C. Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, suggest that the recommendation may be harmful because of substitutions made for the fat, such as sugar.
“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 woman’s limit of 5 teaspoons, and three cups a day would top a man’s limit of 8-9 teaspoons,” wrote Forbes’ Melanie Haiken of the question the two raised.