Milk is a wonderfully nutritious drink; however, it has some drawbacks. One of the biggest disadvantages of milk is the high fat content. As a child, most people consumed whole milk without realizing the high calorie and fat content of the beverage they are drinking.
Now days, milk comes in different varieties depending on its fat content. Consumers can now enjoy skimmed milk, which contains no fat. However, people worries that because skimmed milk is fat free it may be they are not getting as much nutrition from their milk. This is not so – skimmed milk is still as nutritious as its whole counterpart.
Whole milk has only gone through basic processing. It remains creamy and thick throughout its shelf life. For most people, this is its major appeal over skimmed milk. However, those who have acquired the taste of skimmed milk swear by its taste and nutritional value. But they often wonder what exactly makes skimmed milk fat-free.
Skim milk has gone through a secondary process in which all of its fat has been removed. This is done by “skimming” the thick layer of fat from forms during whole milk processing.
Though skimmed milk is essential for a weight loss regimen, many dieters are missing out on the good fats from whole milk that aids in various body functioning. This “good” fat is essential for a child that is continuing to develop. However, for the most part, an adult watching caloric intake will not be missing much by cutting this “good” fat out of the diet.
As long as an adult continues to derive the nutritional content found in skimmed milk, most will not miss out on drinking whole milk. In fact, skimmed milk contains more calcium than regular milk because nutrients have to be re-added to skimmed milk due to the skimming process.
Many people miss the taste of whole milk, yet with continued consumption, skimmed milk will taste better and better until the point where regular whole milk is too thick and creamy for one’s tastes.
To aid in the transition, there are 2 percent and 1 percent varieties that help one step down gradually. Eventually working one’s way to skim milk will be easier than going right to the bad taste of skimmed milk. Therefore, there are not many disadvantages to choosing skimmed milk over whole milk. In fact, it is perfectly safe to give a child skimmed milk; it is actually recommended that a child is given skimmed milk by age 2 if there are instances of obesity in the family history. In this way, the child will more than likely continue to consume skimmed milk throughout adulthood.
With the same nutritional value as whole milk, skimmed milk can be a great addition to a health-conscience consumer. Whole milk is tasty, thick, and creamy, but it often the source for high fat content in childhood, which can lead to weight problems later in life. Choosing skimmed milk for one’s family now can ensure future healthy choices that provide the essential vitamins, nutrients, and calcium needed for a long and healthy life.