“Does milk make you fat?”, is one of the biggest nutrition questions that I seem to repeatedly hear. To be honest with you I wasn’t entirely sure how to answer this question a few years ago and that was even after I graduated with a degree in nutrition. I still had so much to learn and the school university systems will only teach you so much.
Heck, even growing up I would live off of cereal and dairy products. I remember coming home early from kindergarten and rushing to eat a bowl of Lucky Charms and watch The Goonies (“hey you guuuuyyysss!”).
Nowadays I’m going nowhere near most of that junk since I’ve learned what I’m doing. For more on why cereal is bad for you be sure to read my blog post, Is Gluten Bad For You? Are Grains Bad For You?
So Does Milk Make You Fat?
To answer the question, does milk make you fat, plain and simply…it depends.
Dairy products have become so overly processed in recent years that it’s scary and most of us are pounding all of these low-fat/non-fat dairy products believing that they’ll make us skinny in no time…but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
I wouldn’t recommend rushing out and drinking a gallon of pasteurized and homogenized non-fat milk ever. But if you where to drink a glass of organic raw milk from a local supplier than that would be another story.
But even after I recommend raw dairy products to people they’ll come back and complain that the milk tastes like grass and that it went bad too fast. I’ll quickly tell them that milk is really supposed to taste like that but we’ve been brainwashed into thinking it’s supposed to taste like the dead, pasteurized garbage that we’re eating today.
And the reason the milk goes bad so fast is because it’s really alive. There are enzymes and probiotics in the milk that allow us to digest it WAY easier than the pasteurized milk that completely kills everything in it, both the bad and the good.
I’ve seen people who are lactose intolerant gulp down a glass of raw milk and have no problems whatsoever with digesting it. But if they would’ve tried that with some generic pasteurized brand then they would’ve unfortunately been spending their afternoon in the bathroom.
I don’t recommend taking in dairy or milk to my clients who are really trying to lose fat even though it ranks really low on the glycemic index scale. The reason is because just about all dairy products cause a high insulin response from the body and therefore should be avoided. This is the short answer to, “does milk make you fat?”
Researchers have found that even though dairy has a glycemic index of 15-30 it will still crazily create a 90-98 high insulinemic response in the body. So if you’re trying to lose fat then dairy has got to go and you should only be eating it on your cheat days.
Dairy Fat Loss Tips
But if you do decide to take in dairy then I would really suggest taking in whole raw milk (look at the local Whole Foods or organic grocers to find it) and avoid the pasteurized garbage in most mainstream grocery stores.
Also be wary of yogurts too that are supposedly “low fat.” Make sure you read the nutrition facts on yogurt because too often they’re loaded with artificial sweeteners that are just as bad if not worse than eating the really fattening stuff. Instead try to find a good plain Greek Yogurt since these contain much more protein, lower fat and not packed with artificial sweeteners.
If you’re not desperately trying to lose fat then it’ll be fine to have a little cheese sprinkled on your food and you can drink a glass of raw milk every day. The problems come when we start chowing down bricks of cheese like you’re in Paris and jugs of milk like a baby calf, but if you’re able to utilize self-control and eat just a little bit then you’ll be okay.
Hopefully this will help answer the “does milk make you fat?” question once and for all. But if you have any other questions or concerns be sure to drop me a comment below and I’ll do everything I can to help you out.