Friday, March 05, 2004

Drink your milk, it's good for you

Want your kids to lose weight? Make sure they're eating enough fat and dairy! That somewhat counterintuitive advice comes from a study by Boston University researchers who found that too little fat in the diet can be as much of a problem as too much fat, and that cutting down on dairy products can lead to obesity in children. Dairy seems to be the main issue -- the problem with low fat diets being that they cut the dairy out -- although nobody knows quite why. There may be some intracellular magic worked by dairy products, or dairy products may make kids feel full so they do less grazing of junk food throughout the day. Junk food is still a dietary mainstay that nobody has anything good to say about, by the way. If only Cheetos, Cheez-its and Ritz Bitz Cheese Sandwiches counted as dairy, we'd have the healthiest kids in the world.

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