You decide: Is 1% low-fat milk the better choice? - ONIE Project

You decide: Is 1% low-fat milk the better choice?

Posted by ONIE Project on 04/18/2013

ONIE Project: 1% Milk Benefits

I love milk! Milk in cereal, milk in smoothies, and milk to drink.

Not only does it taste good, it is has a bunch of  important nutrients like  vitamin D, vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, potassium,  and vitamin B-12.  It even adds protein to my diet.  But I want to share some information about the different types of milk: Whole, 2%, 1% and non-fat/skim.  Whole and 2% milk have a lot of unnecessary saturated fat and excess calories.  Over just one year, that could add up to 6 pounds if I drank the recommended 3 (8oz) glasses a day!   That is a lot of excess calories and those calories are from saturated fat.  I can save all those calories and saturated fat plus keep all the good nutrients and vitamins by choosing 1% milk. MYTH BUSTER: 1% and skim milk are not watered down, these products have all of the vitamins and minerals of whole milk including vitamin D and calcium!  The only change is that the saturated fat has been skimmed off the top.

Type of Milk

Saturated fat (grams)

Calories

Whole

5

150

Reduced-fat 2%

3.5

120

Low-fat 1%

1.5

100

Skim

0

80

For me, the health benefits of 1% milk are clear.  After trying it a couple of times, I started to like the taste.  1% milk even quenches my thirst more.  More and more recipes call for 1% milk! You decide, for family members over the age of 2, what is the best type of milk for your family?

ONIE Project: 1% Milk Benefits

Keep Strong and Healthy, Karla

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