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By Leslie Bonci

I have been a dietitian for almost 40 years and for most of my professional career the advice has been to recommend low or non-fat dairy for anyone over the age of 2. But new research has demonstrated that there may be more benefit to INCLUDE rather than exclude dairy fat. So why the change in recommendations? 

We know more about the fat in our pour.

Newer studies have shown that dairy fat has been associated with a decrease in the risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure levels and decreased risk for the development of Type 2 diabetes. When our kids drink whole milk, they are also getting protein, calcium, and other important vitamins and minerals. 

In a study out of Canada, kids who consumed whole milk tended to have higher Vitamin D levels. For every 1% increase in the fat content of milk, the blood level of Vitamin D went up significantly. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and is better absorbed when consumed along with higher fat foods such as whole milk.

In another recent Canadian study of young children, those who drank whole milk were leaner than those who drank reduced fat milk. As a matter of fact…Three times less likely to be overweight than kids who drank low-fat milk. Why might this be the case? Fat helps with satiety or the feeling of satisfaction or fullness between meals which may help to decrease between meal snacking. Full fat or whole milk also has such a delicious mouth feel contributing to the taste and flavor enjoyment.

MOO’V™ supplies 11 grams of fat per 8oz serving along with 11 grams of protein and only 4gm of natural sugar along with great mouthfeel and taste appeal. So, if you are looking for the nutrish and delish in your pour, MOO’V does more!

Leslie Bonci, MPH, RDN, CSSD, LDN, is the Dietary & Nutrition Strategic Advisor at Dari® and MOO’V™ milk. With over two decades of experience, she is an expert in nutrition with many of Leslie’s blog posts center around active eating and fueling for sport. She is the Head Nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs and has been a consulting sports dietitian in the NFL, MLB, and NHL, and worked with Olympic athletes. Bonci has co-authored three books with an active eating focus, is a blogger for US News Eat + Run, and is a sought-after expert for television, radio, print and online media, Bonci speaks regularly on topics including “sciensationalism,” “fuels of engagement” and “communication with conviction” to help influencers and consumers debunk the junk and separate fact from fallacy.