What type of milk do you drink? Is it whole, 2 percent, 1 percent or skim? Some prefer 1 percent or skim because of the texture while others drink whole milk for the extra energy from fat. We each have different reasons why we choose the milk we do. Some of it is nutrition-based while the some reasons are flavor based. Below are the main differences between all fat levels in milk.

All milk is a good source of vitamins and minerals as well as protein. Across the board, each milk contains 8 grams of protein for serving and 13 grams of carbohydrates, 12 of which come from natural milk sugar lactose.

Whole Milk

Whole milk is noted by it red labels and caps. It’s also referred to as Vitamin D milk. Vitamin D is added to all milk to help with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus in the bones and teeth. Whole milk has 8 grams of total fat with 5 grams being saturated fat. New research points toward advantages in consuming full fat dairy for some people. In some, the consumption of full fat dairy reduced the risk for obesity and diabetes. Researchers are still trying to figure out the why behind this. Some people just prefer whole milk because of the consistency and flavor.

Nutrition facts

Fat: 8 grams

Cholesterol: 35 mg

Protein: 8 grams

Carbohydrates: 13g, sugar, 12 g

Calcium: 30%

Vitamin D: 25%

Vitamin A: 10%

 

2% Milk

Two percent milk is probably the most common milk consumed in the U.S. Two percent is known as reduced-fat milk because some of the fat is skimmed out. Two percent is named after its milk fat percentage. Whole milk is generally has a 3.5 to 4 percent butterfat content. Since 2 percent has some fat skimmed out, it now has a 2 percent fat content. Fat content over all is just 3 grams less than that of whole milk giving two percent a total fat of 5 grams with 3 grams of saturated fat.

Nutrition facts

Fat: 5 grams

Cholesterol: 20 mg

Protein: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 13g, sugar, 12 g

Calcium: 30%

Vitamin D: 25%

Vitamin A: 10%

 

1% Milk

Known as low-fat milk, 1 percent is the next fat level as we move down the line. With half the amount of fat of 2 percent, 1 percent milk has 2.5 grams of total fat and 1.5 grams of saturated fat. This type of milk is most commonly served in schools and is used in the making of chocolate milk for both grocery and schools.

Nutrition facts

Fat: 2.5 grams

Cholesterol: 15 mg

Protein: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 13g, sugar, 12 g

Calcium: 30%

Vitamin D: 25%

Vitamin A: 10%

 

Skim Milk                                             

Skim milk is non-fat milk containing 0 grams of fat. The fat (cream) that is skimmed off from this milk as well as 1 and 2 percent are used here to make ice cream. Skim milk is a great choice for those with dietary restrictions or those who prefer a less rich consistency.

Nutritional Facts

Fat: 0 grams

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Protein: 3 grams

Carbohydrates: 13g, sugar, 12 g

Calcium: 30%

Vitamin D: 25%

Vitamin A: 10%

At the end of the day, there’s no wrong choice when it comes to the milk you buy! You need to decide which fat level works best for you and your family. Whether you need the extra fat from whole milk, or get fats from other places in your diet, milk is always a healthy staple in your diet.

 

Have questions about our milk? Feel free to give us a call at 608-837-7766.