Moove over Fat!
High dietary intake of saturated fat and cholesterol can significantly increase your chances for heart disease and stroke. Switching your milk to a lower percentage is one simple way to reduce your saturated fat intake. For the general population, skim milk serves as an excellent nutritional substitute for whole milk especially if you are on a reduced fat diet or have a higher risk of developing heart disease.
The main difference between whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk and skim milk is the amount of saturated fat. Below is an example of each type of milk with the amount of calories and grams of fat in a 1 cup serving.
• Whole Milk – 150 Calories – 8g Fat
• 2% Milk – 120 Calories – 4.5g Fat (Reduced fat milk)
• 1% Milk – 100 Calories – 2.5g Fat (Low-fat milk)
• Skim Milk – 80 Calories – 0g Fat (Nonfat milk)
Whole milk contains less than or equal to 4% fat content. It is also known as full cream, and is rich and creamy in texture.
2% reduced fat milk contains less than or equal to 2% fat and often has extra protein and calcium added.
1% low fat milk has less than or equal to 1.5% fat and almost the same nutritional benefits as regular milk, with a boosted calcium content.
Skim milk or nonfat milk has less than or equal to 0.15% fat. Sometimes milk solids are added to optimize the taste.