Foods with a high calorie or fat content are often referred to as being ‘fattening’. However, individual foods should not be categorised as fattening without taking into consideration how much of the food is consumed and what the overall diet is composed of. The number of calories and nutrients per serving of a food is also an important factor. Weight gain is directly linked to an overconsumption of calories. A 200 ml glass of semi-skimmed milk provides just 92 kcal and 3.4 g of fat. This equates to less than 5% of both the calories and fat in a standard 2000 kcal diet.
Therefore, dairy foods can be consumed as part of balanced diet, without being ‘fattening’. For example, the Department of Health recommend three servings from the milk, yogurt and cheese food group each day, with ‘low-fat’ options encouraged. Serving sizes are also recommended e.g. 200 ml milk, 125 g yogurt or 25 g cheese. Higher fat products such as butter and cream should be used sparingly as they are higher in calories, but they can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet when used in moderation.
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