Skinny lattes could cause weight gain

2 April 2013

Over the past 40 years, UK obesity rates have increased 1,000 per cent. A number of factors are to blame, but the latest contribution to the obesity epidemic may be trendy coffees, according to new research.

Many cafes offer ‘skinny’ options made with skimmed milk. Recent health research, printed in a sister publication of the British Medical Journal, suggests skinny options may not be better for you, though. The study says full-fat drinks are ultimately better for you as they dispel cravings and leave you feeling fuller for longer.

The study shows skinny drinks and fat-free dairy products are less satisfying and might result in bingeing in the afternoon. Research also indicates that toddlers who drink full-fat milk are less likely to be overweight or obese by age four.

The National Food Survey reveals Britons drink a quarter of the whole milk they used to, while consumption of reduced fat dairy products has increased sixfold.

The Daily Mail recommends full-fat yoghurt, cottage cheese and cappuccinos for a number of reasons: they deliver healthy doses of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. In addition, reduced fat dairy products, especially yoghurt, often contain unhealthy flavour-enhancing additives like sugar.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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