Why do people drink low fat/skim milk?

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SabiSabi

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:22
Just wondering, why do people always recommend we drink low fat and skim milk when regular milk only has 8g of fat and 150 calories per cup? That's not so bad for you is it? Even 2% still has 5g fat so why are people stuck on drinking it like it's so much better for us than whole milk?
gnat824

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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:37
I personally can't stand whole milk- I grew up drinking 2% and whole milk is way too thick for my palette. Besides, at 80 cals for a cup, skim milk has almost half the calories while still giving a good dose of calcium.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:45
I grew up drinking skim milk, so my palette finds higher fat milk sort of thick and slimy. But for me the biggest issues are calories -- as gnat points out, skim is about half what whole milk is -- cholesterol and saturated fat. Because I like to eat some cheeese, once-weekly ice cream, and red meat a couple times per month, I don't want to be using up my cholesterol and saturated fat allotments on milk, when I can get all the benefits of milk without the downside from skim milk.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:47
For my money, I am aiming to reduce the calorie density of the foods I eat. Skim milk has markedly fewer calories per ounce than 2% because of the removal of its fat. I do this will all foods, not only milk. For example, I eat ground turkey rather than ground beef not because I have anything against beef, but because turkey is less calorie dense. By doing this, I maintain the volume of food I can eat while lessening its impact. And, as a big guy, that's important to me. Being full all the time while only eating 2,000 calories a day is working for my blood sugar, my weight and my health. And so many studies have shown that people with dairy in their diets have more even blood glucose levels throughout the day. So, that in a nutshell, is why I drink skim milk.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:48
I drink whole milk when I drink milk. I agree that there's not really much reason not to. I love the way it tastes and you can't beat it in cereal or granola. I also put half and half in my coffee. The fat is vilified, but you're absolutely right- it is a quantity issue. In moderation, I don't think there is much reason not to have whole milk if that's what you prefer.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 14:52
Thanks willimon Smile
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 15:00
I don't drink whole milk, like others, it tastes too thick for me. I do alternate fat free or 1% milk with soy milk and almond milk. Depends if I want more fat/less carbs or less fat/more carbs. Love using almond milk in oatmeal, great flavor!
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 15:35
I grew up drinking 2%, then switched to whole as an adult. There's not all that much nutritional or taste difference, except that there are more fat-soluble vitamins in whole milk; skim milk is like gross cloudy water, though. I think people choose 1 and 2% over whole because 'whole' makes it sound like there's a ton of fat. They could probably market it better, by calling it 3% milk Razz For what it's worth, after drinking raw milk 10 minutes out of the cow, pasteurized milk all tastes like plastic.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 15:40
I drink unsweetened almond milk too because of the low carb content. Prior to going low carb I preferred 1% taste-wise, though I was raised on 2%.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 15:46
We are a 2% family. I can do skim too or whole for that matter. But, I drink so much of it, that I need to cut back the fat content for the overall calorie count. It adds up. It really does.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 16:02
...Because 2%/whole milk tastes like creamy grossness and has more calories
and fat than 1%/skim milk...?

Every time I've ever tried switching to 1 or 2 %, I hated the taste and also gained weight.

Yuck and the thought of touching whole milk just disgusts me.

Personal preference though.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 16:11
lol, that's how I feel about skim milk- nasty! I can deal with it IN things but there's no way I would drink a glass of it. 2% is OK, 1% is ehhhhhh, and Skim is No Way! Amazing how different people have different tastes. I can't imagine disliking creaminess!
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 16:19
I like them all.

Part of my problem, I guess.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 16:58
For those of you who are interested in Sodium content you will find that whole milk has less than either 2%, 1%, or skim. I grew up on whole milk and it helps me reach my goal of proper protein/fat intake.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 17:37
I drink skim milk but I use homogenized milk in my coffee (Andrew prefers it).

I can't tell a difference between skim, 1%, 2% or homogenized milk. It looks different but all tastes the same to me.
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Posted: 20 Mar 2011, 18:44
i use whole milk as creamer because of how thick and rich it is.
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Posted: 21 Mar 2011, 07:04
I switched in high school because I didn't like the taste of 2%. At that time I lost 10 lbs. with doing nothing else but dropping to skim milk.
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Posted: 21 Mar 2011, 07:30
I don't like skim, either. I like 2% or greater. I would drink half and half if I didn't think the food police would come after me.
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Posted: 21 Mar 2011, 10:18
I don't drink milk (eeewwww), I use it to cook with and to wet my cereal. Skim milk is colored water, so I don't waste my money on it. I used whole milk for a long time but stepped down to 2% then 1%. We use 1% because we are at the age where we have to cut as much sat fat as possible. This is one of the easiest places to cut back.
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