By drinking milk in the morning, the blood sugar level can decrease during the day, which may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes, has found new research.
According to a study published in the Journal of Dairy ScienceConsuming a protein-rich, milk-based beverage at breakfast can also reduce the risk of obesity by reducing the appetite at lunch.
Lead author Dr. Douglas Goff from the University of Guelph said the findings could be crucial in addressing the worldwide increase in metabolic diseases through nutrition.
In the study, Goff and his team of researchers examined the effects of drinking protein-rich milk at breakfast alongside a carbohydrate-rich cereal grain.
They looked at how this affected the blood sugar level of the participants, their feelings of fullness and the amount of food they took later in the day.
They found that thanks to the whey and casein proteins found naturally in milk, it became the first released gastric hormones that slowed digestion and increased sense of fullness.
"This study confirms the importance of milk at breakfast to help with the slower digestion of carbohydrates and lower blood sugar levels," Goff said.
"Nutritionists have always emphasized the importance of a healthy breakfast, and this study should encourage consumers to take in milk."
The findings come shortly after figures released by the Local Government Association showed a 40 percent increase in children with type 2 diabetes since 2014, experts said were largely caused by the junk-fueled obesity epidemic in children.
Statistics released by Public Health England earlier this year also showed that a record number of 22,000 children are classified as serious obesity and consequently an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, nerve damage and stroke.