Drink flavoured milk? Think again
New research shows people who drink flavoured milk have a
heightened risk of type 2 diabetes, regardless of their body
The good news is, by swapping just one flavoured milk drink each
day for water, you can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to
an amazing 25 per cent.
Flavoured milk drinks include flavoured milks, iced coffees,
milkshakes, thickshakes and smoothies. The milk in these beverages
does provide important nutrients like protein, calcium and other
nutrients, however the extra sugar in flavoured milk adds up.
Our dietitian Liz Harburg says that this is a good a reminder to
look at what you're drinking and to be aware of how much these
drinks add to your total sugar and kilojoule intake.
"Portion sizes of flavoured milk drinks also play a key role -
most flavoured milks and shakes are at least half a litre, often
more. Your average thickshake has around 2000kj, that's a meal in
itself, but we often drink them with our meals, effectively
doubling our kilojoule intake," Liz says.
The study found the more sweetened milk people consumed, the
higher their risk of developing type 2 diabetes - for every extra
daily serving, the risk of diabetes rose by about 22 per cent.
Limiting your intake of flavoured milk drinks is a simple step
you can take to cut your type 2 diabetes risk. Try replacing these
drinks with water or plain milk or make your own smoothies at home
using milk and fresh fruit.