The study, published in Journal of Dairy Science, found that milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with water.
“Metabolic diseases are on the rise globally, with type 2 diabetes and obesity as leading concerns in human health,” said Douglas Goff, lead researcher.
“Thus, there is impetus to develop dietary strategies for the risk reduction and management of obesity and diabetes to empower consumers to improve their personal health.”
The researchers also said milk consumed with a high carbohydrate breakfast reduced blood glucose even after lunch.
“This study confirms the importance of milk at breakfast time to aid in the slower digestion of carbohydrate and to help maintain lower blood sugar levels,” Goff said.
“Nutritionists have always stressed the importance of a healthy breakfast, and this study should encourage consumers to include milk.”