Can drinking whole milk help you lose weight?

As the owner of his family's dairy farm

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in Homer, you could say Mike McMahon has milk in his blood.

"We're fortunate to have a product you have choices in and you can get it in skim, 2 percent or whole whatever your liking is," says McMahon.

However, McMahon isn't sure about the new studies that link whole milk to weight loss.

"I believe there's probably just as many studies out there that say the opposite," says McMahon.

Two recent european studies found people who consume whole-fat dairy are less likely to become obese.

In one paper published by Swedish researchers in the Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, middle-aged men who consumed high-fat milk, butter and cream were significantly less likely to become obese over a period of 12 years compared with men who never or rarely ate high-fat dairy.

In the second study published by the European Journal of Nutrition researchers found in 16 observational studies that high-fat dairy was associated with a lower risk of obesity.

Family Doctor Kaushal Nanavati at Upstate University Hospital says the only clear explanation is that whole milk makes you feel fuller, faster.

"The idea of having more fat in the meal. If it has an effect on what we call the satiety center in the gut that impacts the brain so you are eating less than it definitely is possible," says Nanavati.

Even if drinking whole milk doesn't change the number you see on the scale, doctors say there are several other health benefits


"Dairy is a great source of calcium and also a great source of protein so for many people who tolerate it well any and all is better than none," says Nanavati.

"With every eight ounce of milk you're getting 300 grams of calcium, 8 grams of protein, and all the Vitamin D you could need. It's just a great food. Almost nature's perfect food in my book," says McMahon.