5 Good Reasons to Choose Skim Milk over Whole Milk

There is a debate raging over skim milk versus whole milk when it comes to milk and other dairy products in your diet. Medical science has shown that skim milk should be used in place of whole milk for a number of reasons.

1. Skim Milk Has Less Fat Than Whole Milk

Skim Milk Has Less Fat Than Whole Milk

Skim milk is milk that has had most of the fat removed. This makes skim milk a better alternative for many reasons with adults. Children should not be given skim milk unless directed by their doctor, because the fats in whole milk are needed for proper growth in children, but for adults this is not true. Replacing whole milk with skim milk can greatly reduce the overall intake of fat in your diet. Because skim milk has very little fat, you will consume much less fat and will prevent weight gain and many medical problems, including heart disease and other vascular conditions caused by the buildup of fat in your blood vessels, arteries, and heart.

2. Skim Milk Has Fewer Calories Than Whole Milk

Skim Milk Has Fewer Calories Than Whole Milk

When it comes to counting calories, skim milk offers a large advantage over whole milk. With obesity becoming more common, it is necessary for most of us to keep an eye on our calorie intake, but cutting milk out of your diet is not a viable option. Replacing whole milk with skim milk allows you to get all the nutrients you need without the extra calories that you do not want. Skim milk is lower in calories because of the fat that is removed, making it a perfect diet food for anyone who is trying to lose weight. Milk is a great source of protein and other nutrients your body needs to build muscle and burn fat, and skim milk lets you get plenty of nutrients without a lot of extra calories from fat.

3. Skim Milk Is More Nutrient Dense Than Whole Milk

Skim Milk Is More Nutrient Dense Than Whole Milk

Because skim milk has most of the fat removed, the leftover liquid is much more nutrient dense than whole milk is. This means an eight ounce glass of skim milk will provide more calcium, vitamins, and minerals than an eight ounce glass of whole milk. This means that drinking skim milk will provide more nutrients needed by your body to stay healthy and fit than if you drink the same amount of whole milk instead. Anyone who needs nutrients, because of a medical condition or just to stay healthy or lose weight, can benefit from drinking skim milk instead of whole milk, because the skim milk nutrition level is higher than the whole milk nutrition level.

4. Skim Milk Has More Water Than Whole Milk

Skim Milk Has More Water Than Whole Milk

Water is an essential need for your body, and most people do not drink as much of this fluid as they should. Skim milk contains more water in addition to more nutrients, so that it can help replace this vital fluid better. Because there is little fat in this milk, this also allows your body to absorb the water and nutrients from the milk much faster in your stomach than if you drank whole milk. If you take any medications with milk, whole milk may cause the medicine to absorb much slower, and this can mean the pill is not as effective, especially if the drug is intended to be fast acting. Skim milk does not cause this problem, because of the high water and low fat content.

5. Skim Milk Will Not Thicken Mucous Like Whole Milk Does

Skim Milk Will Not Thicken Mucous Like Whole Milk Does

If you have a cold or the flu, it is a common idea that you should not drink milk or eat dairy products because the milk will thicken yp the mucous secretions and make it harder to eliminate them from your body. This has been considered a fact for a few hundred years, but this is only partially right. Whole milk will cause your mucous secretions to thicken, because it is dense and full of fat. Skim milk will not cause your mucous to thicken when you are sick though, because it has such a high water content and very little fat. In addition, skim milk is full of needed nutrients, which are especially important if you are sick.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 26th, 2009 at 12:29 pm and is filed under Nutrition News.

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