Fat Content of 2% Milk

John Cherwonogrodzky jcherwon at dres.dnd.ca
Thu Mar 7 16:03:51 EST 1996


Dear Colleagues:
     There's notes on this net that the lower the fat intake the better 
for humans in general. I think this is a dangerous generalization in that not 
all humans have the same metabolism. Babies and children need a high fat 
intake because of neural development, especially for the myelin sheaths. Also, 
the higher the fat content of milk, the more the Vitamin D, which is 
lipophilic, is delivered to the child. In general, whole milk (3.2% 
butterfat?)  should be pushed for babies and children. Certainly there are 
exceptions. Some children don't seem to be able to handle butterfat very well, 
I read years ago that others are hypersensitive to Vitamin D and develop the 
"squeaky" or "mousey" features (I know what I'm setting myself up for but 
don't really care). Take care...John



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