They say to give full fat up until at least 2.
We're not scared of fat in this house, but I prefer skim or hilo. Given that any milk which has less fat has more protein and calcium - there's a trade off happening which ever way you go.
I did change my kids to drink hilo - not because I was worried about their weight, but because I wanted to only keep one type of milk in my house . I did it sometime after they were both 2. I figure the extra calcium is a good thing anyway.
Canola isn't a vegetable oil. It's a grain
I use canola spread instead of butter or margarine.
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09-05-2013 15:36 #11
09-05-2013 15:37 #12
The dietician I see said babies should have full fat milk till at least 2 years of age
09-05-2013 15:37 #13Senior Member
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You should not give light milk to a child under 2 years old, government recommends. After 2 it is up to the parents really....
09-05-2013 15:39 #14
Dang I hope she drinks enough to warrant buy another bottle of milk when she's older >__< haha.
09-05-2013 15:43 #15
It's funny how marketing works though. I've just looked up a couple of different milks.
I just compared "smart milk" to ordinary skim milk - it's pretty much identical. The A2 milk has a different protein, which is apparently good for people with IBS and a few other things, but the difference isn't in the production, it's only in the type of cow it comes from - (ie. Jersey rather than Holstein).
09-05-2013 15:49 #16
I started my DS on lite milk as soon as he turned 2 as reccomended by the MHCN as he was borderline overweight ( he's not very tall unfortunately, but still has a big appetite!)
09-05-2013 16:04 #17
I gave my ds 2% fat milk from around 2 years of age. My dd is 19 months old and still having full fat milk (which is 4%).
I read recently that putting children on lower fat milk doesn't actually make any difference to weight. I've heard of lots of bigger toddlers being taken off full fat milk because they are bigger, but the research suggests otherwise. The issue is the type of fats needed for brain development are in full fat, but not in reduced fat milk. It's not such an issue after the age of 2 though.
The issue with full fat milk for older children/adults is not the calories (and chance of gaining weight), it's that it's got higher levels of saturated fat which is bad for heart & general health.
09-05-2013 16:08 #18
The government recommendation is low fat after 2 as our obesity rates are increasing rapidly
in my opinion i would stay with full fat, lite milk usually has more sugar than full fat and as long as kids don't drink a lot of it and are active and eating a balanced diet I think full fat anything is better , as pp said, saturated fat in moderation is ok it's the chemicals and extra sugar in low fat/low cal foods, trans fats and Hydrogenated vegetable oils in fast food, margarine , cakes and biscuits that's making us fat ( and not staying active)
Canola oil is genetically modified , we never use it , far better natural oils around !
09-05-2013 16:20 #19
I've looked and can't find anything on the idea that sugar has been added to skim milk.
I've heard of it being added to low fat yoghurt, but comparing sugars in skim v whole milk - I only found higher amounts of sugar in whole milk.
Canola isn't always genetically modified. Canola is a grain.
Yes there are genetically modified crops - but is there some info that I'm missing out on here? How do you know if something is GM? is it labelled.
Canola in itself is an excellent source of Omega 3 oils.
09-05-2013 16:38 #20Senior Member
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We only have full fat in the house. Personally I would stick with full fat unless needing to cut calories for any reason.
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