Benefits of skim milk contested by ag leaders

NORWICH The Chenango County Agriculture, Building and Grounds Committee is taking a stance against a new recommendation from the United States Department of Agriculture that bars whole milk from school lunches.

The USDA requires schools participating in the National School Lunch Program to limit milk to one percent and skim milk, eliminating the option of whole milk to students. A cup of whole milk contains three times as much saturated fat as the same amount of low-fat milk. The USDA says serving only low-fat (one percent) and fat-free (skim) milk meets requirements to offer milk in a variety of fat contents to provide calcium without a lot of saturated fat.

Although the intent of serving low-fat and fat-free milk is good, several studies exist that seem to dispute the idea that skim and one percent milk leads to weight loss, explained Ken Smith, Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chenango County.

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