As winter turns into spring and people start to prepare for the warm weather, we start seeing all kinds of diet and exercise craziness. This morning the debate over the role of dairy in weight loss caught my eye.
The bottom line is that there is nothing about dairy products that will help you to lose weight. The 150 calories that you get in a cup of whole milk is just that, 150 calories. Thereâ€™s nothing magical about milk â€“ or any dairy product - and these calories.
The talk that calcium makes dairy a weight loss elixir isnâ€™t backed up by researchâ€¦but weâ€™ll get back to that in a minute.
A quick aside about milk. A cup of whole milk is 148 calories; 72 are from fat, 44 are from carbs and 32 are from protein. A cup of 2% milk is 133 calories, 45 are from fat, 56 are from carbs and 32 are from protein. A cup of skim milk is 80 calories, zero from fat, 48 are carbs and 32 are from protein.
For all practical purposes, there is no difference between whole milk and 2% milk. In the course of a day 15 total calories will have no effect on anybody, regardless of the minor difference in the amount of fat.
If you enjoy milk and limit your intake to about a cup per day, there is no reason to not drink whole milk. The vast majority of us who grew up drinking real milk - and who still enjoy real milk - would rather not drink any milk, than drink skim milk.
If you believe that skim milk tastes like real milk, or close to it, Iâ€™m not going to try and argue the point. Itâ€™s like trying to debate a proponent of tofu and veggie burgers that think these substitutes taste like the real thing.