Harvard Study Recommends Not Drinking Low-Fat Milk

· November 13, 2015
The consumption of "low fat" milk makes us feel less satisfied, causing us to want to drink more, resulting in weight gain.

For many years, Cow’s milk has been one of the most questioned foods as far as its benefits and nutrition, thus, although the majority of people have considered it an essential part of their diet, there are recent studies which show that the consumption of cow’s milk can be damaging to our health.

In the search to lose weight or maintain a nice figure, many people have opted to drink low-fat milk or consume products derived from it, with the purpose of enjoying its delicious flavor and its “benefits” but without consuming too much fat. However, David Ludwig, a scientist at the University of Harvard, did a study that questioned the supposed benefits of milk, especially of the famous skim or low-fat milk.

The study, which was published in the American Medical Association of Pediatrics magazine, revealed that when the fat is extracted from milk it is substituted with sugars, which can potentially be more damaging in the long run. Although for many years the alarm has been sounded about the dangers of consuming sugary drinks, never has low fat milk been included in the list. In his study, Dr. Ludwig questioned the justification for promoting low-fat milk, since he reasons that all liquids that contain calories and sugars should be treated with the same precaution.

Is the consumption of cow’s milk necessary?

This study coincides with other studies that concluded that humans do not have a nutritional requirement for cow’s milk and that it can even be very damaging to the body. Cow’s milk became popular due to its calcium content, which according to many experts is essential for healthy bones. However, there are other foods which contain more calcium than cow’s milk and do not have the negative effects on your health that cow’s milk can have over the long run.


A few good examples are broccoli, kale and arugula, among others, which have more than 160 mg of calcium per portion. There are also other sources such as sardines, nuts, seeds and legumes which can provide significant amounts of calcium per each portion. Therefore, nobody needs to consume great quantities of milk to maintain healthy bones. Instead, everyone should opt to increase their consumption of other foods which are healthier.

Referring to low-fat milk, the argument against its consumption becomes even more clear. According to what the Harvard study explains, there are few randomized clinical tests which make clear the effects of low fat milk compared with whole milk, in regards to their benefits in maintaining a healthy weight and other benefits to the health. On the contrary, several studies have shown that people who consume low fat milk feel less satisfied and are more likely to gain weight because they have a greater need to consume additional calories.

Where does the milk come from?

Nowadays, many nutritionists continue to recommend to their patients that they consume “low fat” milk when they are trying to lose weight. However, each new study reveals ever more clearly that this product is not as good as it has been painted by the commercial world for two decades. The experts suggest that it is better to consume whole milk, provided it is organic.

Dairy products can help to improve the health of the heart, treatment of diabetes, the absorption of vitamins, and reduce the risk of colon cancer, among others. However, before considering that milk is good for your health, everyone must first ask themselves this question: Where did the milk come from?


We can affirm that nowadays it is very difficult to find any type of milk that is healthy for our body. The quantity of hormones which have been given to the cows in order to increase their daily production of milk has significantly altered the product and has really changed it into something harmful for the body. Many of us ignore the dangers that milk can cause to the body. However, we should be aware that since nothing is the same as decades ago and technology has affected food production so much, we must question these “marvelous and delicious” products that we find daily in the market.