Case For Low Fat Milk

Although the AAP touts the benefits of whole milk for younger toddlers, they do say that ‘after age 2, you can switch your toddler to skim or low-fat milk, like the rest of the family.’Is the difference between whole milk and low fat milk really that much of a difference?

A quick comparison of milk nutrition labels (per 8 ounce serving) shows that it really does:

  • Whole Milk – 150 Calories – 8g Fat
  • 2% Milk – 120 Calories – 4.5g Fat
  • 1% Milk – 100 Calories – 2.5g Fat
  • Skim Milk – 80 Calories – 0g Fat

So if your 5 year old goes from Whole Milk to 1% Milk and typically drinks 3 cups of milk a day, he would save 150 calories a day. Although that doesn’t sound like much, since you gain about a pound for every 3500 calories you consume, those extra 150 calories might cost you an extra pound in body weight every 3 weeks or so (150 calories/day x 23 days = 3450 calories = 1 pound). 


So what should you do? According to the AAP recommendations, if your toddler isn’t going to continue breastfeeding, you should switch her to whole milk once she is 12 months old. Next, switch to skim or low fat milk at age 2 years.Making the switch at an early age is much easier than doing it when your child is older, when they are more likely to notice and be resistant to switching to low fat milk. Still, even with your younger child, you can make a gradual switch, going first to 2% Milk and than later switching again, this time to 1% Milk or Skim Milk.

An early switch to low fat milk also helps to ensure healthy habits for the rest of your child’s life, as he will be more likely to continue to drink low fat milk as a teen and adult, instead of higher fat and calorie Whole Milk.

Remember that soy milk and rice milk is typically low fat, so would also be a good choice once your child is 2 years old, especially if he is allergic to cow’s milk or has a lactose intolerance.


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