Yesterday I was grocery-shopping with my new boyfriend for the first time, and there we were confronted with the milk cases. I’m normally an almond/hemp/soy milk drinker, but it seemed silly to buy two cartons, so I told him I’d just drink regular milk as long as it was organic (yes, I’m that girl). And then – whoa – he’s pulling out the 2%. Who drinks 2% milk these days? Doesn’t everyone agree that skim is better for you?Maybe it’s not, according to an article from Details magazine.
Yes, whole milk has more calories and fat than 2%, which has more calories and fat than skim. According to CalorieKing.com, 1 cup of skim milk has 90 calories and .7 grams of fat; a cup of 2% has 122 and 4.9; and a cup of whole milk 147 calories and 8.1 grams fat.
But who cares? Details writer Paul John Scott argues that “Diets high in fat do not appear to be the primary cause of the high prevalence of excess body fat in our society, and reductions in fat will not be a solution,” according to the American Journal of Medicine. In fact, the extra fat may be good for you, since fats can curb your appetite and slow the release of sugar into your blood stream. In a 2005 Harvard study, skim and 1% milk were associated with weight gain in children, while whole milk was not. And because skim milk is naturally more blueish than bright white, powdered skim is added to it using a process that’s been associated with plague formation and heart disease in animals. Not so awesome.
I suppose it makes a difference how much milk you consume. If you’re just adding it to your coffee or cereal, or having a glass every other day, the calorie and fat differences between skim, 2% and whole milk will be marginal for you. If you’re drinking milk with every meal, though, switching from skim to whole could add up to a lot of extra fat.
What do you think, skim milk drinkers? Are you convinced to try switching? Anyone have any strong pro- or anti-whole milk sentiment to share?