Whole milk and other high-fat dairy products often get a diet rap when it comes to weight loss, but is dairy fat really a so-called “dietary demon?”

One reporter for National Public Radio decided to find for herself.

The results counter current assumptions that dairy fat is bad for waistlines. Instead, whole fat dairy may be able to reduce – not add to – body fat.

In the article, two recent studies in particular were highlighted. One, published by Swedish researchers in 2013, found that middle-aged men who consumed high-fat milk, butter and cream were significantly less like to be become obese over the course of 12 years.

The second study provided meta-analysis of 16 observational studies. Researchers initially hypothesized a correlation between high-fat dairy foods and a risk of obesity and heart disease, they concluded that the evidence found did not support their hypothesis.

"We continue to see more and more data coming out [finding that] consumption of whole-milk dairy products is associated with reduced body fat," Greg Miller, executive vice president of the National Dairy Council, told NPR.

The results: for most people, skim milk isn’t necessary the best option.

Read, “The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean.”

Other studies have come up with similar findings. Two studies – one from the University of Gothenburg and another from the University of Virginia School of Medicine – found that toddlers and children who consumed full-fat, whole milk had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who didn’t.

However, the dietary debate between high-fat dairy and its low- or no-fat counterparts will likely continue to persist.

 Many shun whole milk for its relevantly high saturated fat content, but recent reports have also questioned whether it’s time to end the war on saturated fat and instead lay blame on empty carbs and added sugar. Click here for more from the Los Angeles (Calif.) Times.