It turns out that low-fat versions may not be the answer to helping kids maintain a healthy weight.
Long a staple of childhood nutrition, milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, which can help to build bone, and experts believed that lower-fat versions could help children to avoid the extra calories that came with the fat in whole milk.
But in a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, scientists found that skim and low-fat milks may not be as useful for weight loss as experts had hoped.
Since 2005, both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recommended that children drink skim or low-fat milk after age 2.
Because whole milk has more calories from fat than skim, 1% fat or 2% fat versions, the thinking was that the lighter varieties would help youngsters avoid weight gain and curb the growing problem of overweight and obesity in childhood.