ECU Joondalup researcher puts milk under microscope


Therese O'Sullivan with Xavier McIntyre (3) in the BOD POD which is used to assess body composition Picture: Marie Nirme
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Therese O'Sullivan with Xavier McIntyre (3) in the BOD POD which is used to assess body composition Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d458998

A DIETICIAN is out to do some myth-busting with potentially lifesaving consequences for children.

ECU Joondalup’s Therese O’Sullivan is concerned reduced-fat dairy has a negative effect on a child’s health, potentially driving up blood pressure and cholesterol.

Current Australian dietary guidelines recommend children from the age of two consume reduced-fat dairy products.

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But recent research suggests this may not be of benefit.

In a recent study, teenage participants who consumed full-fat milk products were found to have slightly better cholesterol readings than their counterparts consuming low-fat products.

Dr O’Sullivan is about to embark on a three-month trial comparing full-fat dairy produce consumption to reduced-fat dairy.

Her study will involve about 50 children aged between four and six.