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Study: skim milk better than whole milk in acne?
The dispute over whether milk is healthy or harmful has been bitter for years. Recent studies have shown the positive properties of dairy products. A current study now indicates that it is very important which milk is consumed: teenagers with impure skin drink more skim milk than teenagers of the same age without acne.
A healthy natural product
Most people have always considered milk to be a healthy natural product that strengthens bones and teeth, among other things. Various studies have been published in recent years, however, indicating that milk may promote diseases such as asthma. According to recent studies, milk is actually healthy. Researchers recently reported in the magazine "Circulation" that milk with a high fat content can reduce the risk of diabetes. A study by American scientists has now shown that whole milk is better than skimmed milk, which has shown a connection between pimples and the consumption of skimmed milk.
Relationship between pimples and milk consumption
Pimples and blackheads are a normal side effect of adolescence during puberty. This can be caused by stress or poor nutrition, among other things. The latter is also shown by a new study by US researchers. As the researchers around Andrea Zaenglein from the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey report, adolescents with acne on average drink more skim milk than peers with healthy facial skin. The results suggest that teenagers may reduce their risk of pimples if they drink whole milk instead of skimmed milk. As the scientists report in the journal "Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology", the daily calorie intake and the total fat content of the food apparently have no influence on the development of skin problems. However, specific nutritional recommendations for acne patients are not yet possible. To do this, it first had to be clarified whether skimming milk would actually alleviate the symptoms of the skin disease.
Teenagers with acne asked about eating habits
To get their results, the doctors asked 120 male and female adolescents between the ages of 14 and 19 years about their consumption of dairy products. The respondents all suffered from moderate acne. A group of 105 peers without these skin problems served as a comparison. Certain groups of people, such as those with a lactose intolerance (lactose intolerance) or vegans were excluded from the examination, as were those who had been treated for eating disorders.
Study participants with acne consumed more skim milk
According to dermatologists, the average daily intake of fat, protein and carbohydrates was approximately the same in both groups. There were also no statistically relevant differences between the groups for the consumption of whole milk (3.5 percent fat) or low-fat milk with two percent fat and the consumption of cheese, yogurt and other dairy products with full or only slightly reduced fat content. However, it was found that the participants with acne consumed more milk and dairy products with a greatly reduced fat content. A higher consumption of skimmed milk with a fat content of up to one percent was emphasized. There was no difference between the groups in the amounts of saturated and trans fatty acids consumed with food every day. According to the information, age, gender and body mass index (BMI) were taken into account in the statistical evaluation. Despite the new findings, this study does not show whether skimmed milk consumption increases the susceptibility to acne. (ad)