Have you ever been to the grocery store to pick up some milk and noticed how the majority of the skim milk is gone and wonder why? Well, so have I. I mean we assume because it is “healthier” and has less fat in it, which it does contain less fat in skim, but who is to say it is “healthier”. I mean in my opinion, milk isn’t so bad when you drink it in moderation and if you don’t have a lactose intolerance like myself. So what is up with all the skim milk being gone? people have this thought that the less fat something has, the healthier it is for you in ALL cases, and sometimes that isn’t so.
Man, oh, man do we have a fun topic today, because I am going to hear about all your choices when it comes to milk and why you choose one over the other, if you are a milk drinker. Don’t be scared, no judgement here, just curious what milk everyone prefers.
Now I know we also have 1%, rice milk, coconut milk, and raw milk, soy milk. Among many other types of milk, but I didn’t want to spend all day on a post going through every single type of milk available to man-kind so I chose the ones that I think are more popular than others. Not to mention, I listed one of my favorite milks, can you guess which one? Keep in mind, I may spend time on these other types of milk in a different post, but for now lets stick with the ones at the top.
Myth unbroken: Whole milk isn’t substantially made of fat (only 3-3.5 percent of fat).
The world “Whole” milk stems from the way it comes from the cow before processing.
So just basing it off of Whole, Skim and 2 percent. People will argue both ways whether one is better for you, but it comes down to what else do you eat that contributes to your diet. Drinking milk in moderation, no matter the fat content is best for you rather than drinking it excessively. Yes, whole milk has higher saturated fats (not the good kind of fats) but this means very little if you are someone who doesn’t drink milk abundantly. I find that the best way to determine which type of milk to drink is to determine which one taste good to you, what are your health goals, and what is your diet like now.
- Can contain as much calcium and vitamin D as dairy milk
- Rich in potassium, magnesium, manganese, Vitamin E, copper and selenium
- Naturally low in saturated fats
- no dietary cholesterol
- Normally few calories
- Some studies have proven that we absorb the nutrients better in dairy milk vs almond milk
- Almond milk typically cost more
- High in omega-3
- Contains no animal by-products (if this is important to you)
By the way, if you took a guess at which type of milk is my favorite, the answer is Almond milk, but I grew up on whole milk and I have no issue drinking 2 percent milk, but I am also lactose intolerant so I normally don’t drink dairy milk much anymore, Especially since it makes me bloated. This is not to say that Almond milk is more “healthier” but it does have some great benefits, but this also depends if you buy the sweetened or the unsweetened Almond milk, so take that into consideration.
I figure I would let all of you decide which milk is best for you, because if you leave it up to me, I am going to tell you that it depends on your needs and goals in wanting to be healthy and fit. I will then make mention drink it in moderation and you won’t have to make HUGE decisions at the grocery store when it comes to choosing which milk. Thanks for reading, please feel free to share, comment, like and follow me!
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