A New Study Says Skim Milk Is Worse for You Than Whole Milk

The USDA suggests that fat-free or low-fat dairy (1%) are part of a healthy eating pattern, along with grains, fruits, proteins, and vegetables, reasoning that full-fat dairy and whole milk aren't considered healthy. "Fat-free and low-fat dairy products provide the same nutrients but less fat (and thus, fewer calories) than higher fat options, such as 2% and whole milk and regular cheese," the organization explains. Pretty self-explanatory, right? Low-fat means less fat. Right. Got it. But according to a new study, low-fat milk isn't actually the better option.

The study, published in the journal Circulation, analyzed the blood of 3333 adults enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study of Health Professionals Follow-up Study, taken over about 15 years. What they found was that people who had higher levels of three different byproducts of full-fat dairy had, on average, a 46% lower risk of getting diabetes during the study period than those with lower levels.