There’s a change in the diet, effective this month, for people in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Whole milk will be provided only to children under age 2. Everybody else will be able to choose between skim or 1 percent.

Stephanie Bess, nutrition services coordinator for the WIC program as administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services, says the federal government has finally signed on to the thinking prevalent among dieticians for 20 or more years: that to be heart-healthy, the lower-fat milks are better.


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Bess, who notes half the babies in the state are on WIC, says an eight-ounce serving of 2 percent milk has the fat equivalent of one pat of butter.

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