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Medical News & Perspectives
December 25, 2018

Whole-Fat or Nonfat Dairy? The Debate Continues

JAMA. 2018;320(24):2514-2516. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17692

It’s been 40 years since the federal government first recommended that everyone except young children opt for low-fat or nonfat dairy products over high-fat dairy products as part of an overall goal of reducing saturated fat intake and calories.

A decade later, US sales of low-fat and skim milk combined exceeded those of whole milk for the first time, according to the International Dairy Foods Association. And in 2010, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act required that schools follow dietary recommendations and replace whole milk with nonfat or low-fat unflavored milk or nonfat flavored milk.