In the US, nearly one in five children (ages two-19 years) are considered obese – not merely overweight, but obese.
This disturbing statistic has become a reality due to a bevy of societal factors, but some studies have shown that the current USDA Dietary Guidelines are not helping.
The inclusion of dairy as a food group and the aggressive recommendation of three servings of dairy a day may be contributing to the expanding waistlines of American youth (and adults as well).
A 2012 literature review attempted to pinpoint the biological link between early dairy consumption and childhood obesity, and author Bodo C. Melnik found strong evidence to suggest that the leucine found in cow’s milk – and cow’s milk-based infant formula – is the culprit.
Those familiar with bodybuilding may be familiar with leucine, as it is often touted for its muscle-building properties. This is why milk, or chocolate milk, is so often marketed as a recovery food, as dairy contains a 50 percent higher concentration of leucine compared to human breast milk…