Strong Case Against Low-fat Milk

Abbriel Shinkle

Article Summary

This article was posted on April 4, 2016 and was written by Alice Park from TIME magazine. It focuses on the idea of full fat milk actually being better for the body than low fat or skim milk. This is an idea contrary to popular belief today where most diets suggest drinking low fat milk. Some conclusions drawn from the article are that those who consume full fat dairy weigh less and are at a lower risk of diabetes than those who use low fat dairy products. She also argues that when people reduce their fat intake, they tend to replace it with sugar or carbohydrates that the body eventually turns to body fat. The article argued people should be eating a variety of fat content levels in dairy rather than focusing on just one specific nutrient level. She concluded that by drinking full fat milk, you can prevent yourself from consuming empty calories from other carbs and sugars. To support her points, the author wrote about a study of 18,438 women. The results of the study were that those who consumed the most high fat dairy products verses low fat dairy products out of all those women lowered their risk of being obese by 8%.

Article Critique

The author of the article, Alice Parks, has been a staff writer writing about breaking news in health and medicine for TIME magazine since 1993. She does not have any professional credentials as a medical expert. She received some of her information from studies written up in scholarly reviewed articles. Other ideas in the article are claimed to be based off of studies and research. However, there are not any references for them available.

Some of the information in the article is misleading because it does not tell the full story. An example of this is the study mentioned earlier about 8% out of 18,438 women who lowered their risk of obesity by consuming full fat milk. The information provided in the article does not give complete details on this study because it does not tell the reader how it decreased their risk of obesity or if the women were doing any other dieting during the study.

Some claims made in the article are that the fats in dairy help the liver and muscle break down sugar from food and that people eating full fat dairy products will have consumed enough calories to not feel hungry for the calories from sugary foods. These ideas do not have research backing them up so the reliability of that information is not very high. Overall, the article brings a new idea that could be further researched in order to discover the role fat content of dairy products plays in the body’s health. However, the lack of references within this article in particular makes it hard to classify this information as completely reliable nutritional advice.


Park, A. (2016, April 4). The Case Against Low-Fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever.