Milk: the facts and the fats

Full cream, 2%, 1%, fat free, skim…the whole milk story can be a little confusing. We all know that dairy is a great source of calcium, and having just one glass of milk a day gives us about a third of the calcium we need. But I’m often asked whether we are losing out on all the other benefits of drinking milk if we go for the lower fat options. Luckily, that’s not the case.

The next time you’re in a shop, do a quick comparison of the KJ and fat content of the different kinds of milk. While the KJ and fat content changes, the protein and calcium content stays pretty much the same. That’s good news for the milk lovers out there who want to choose lower fat or fat free versions!

And what does 2% and skim actually mean? Well, full cream milk contains just a little more than 3% fat. 2% (low fat) milk has some of the fat found in full cream milk skimmed off and skimmed milk has had all the fat found in full cream milk skimmed off. If you’re wondering which milk would be best for your children, full cream is perfectly acceptable especially if they’re young and active. For most families though, choosing low fat milk is often the way to go as it’s a good middle-ground option for everyone.

So in the end, it really is up to you what type of milk you choose. Packed full of calcium, other vitamins and minerals, some sugar and protein, it’s a great way to meet your daily requirements.

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