In the modern days of New Years Resolutions that actually last the whole year and an endless parade of new diet fads, skim milk has embraced the branding of a healthy alternative to the fatty whole milk you know and love. But is it always the better choice for your diet? That depends on your personal nutrition needs!
Benefits of Skim Milk
The most obvious benefit of drinking skim milk is that you’re avoiding saturated fats. 9 grams of fat, to be exact, in comparison to Homestead’s Homogenized Milk. You’re also saving 90 calories, 30 mg of Cholesterol, and 1g of Carbohydrates, and 10 mg of Sodium. While you’re sacrificing 2% of your daily recommended amount of Vitamin C, you actually gain 1 g of protein. Finally, our Skim Milk is fortified with Vitamin D to make sure that the removal of those fats don’t cause you to miss out on this vital nutrient.
When we say skim, we really mean non-fat creamline. All we do is take the cream off the top and leave all the yummy goodness in the milk. No watering down needed! Skim milk is looking pretty ideal right now, right?
Benefits of Whole Milk
For the sake of this post, we’ll be comparing our skim milk with our most popular, homogenized whole milk. As you can guess, everything you’re saving yourself from with skim milk, you’re gaining with whole milk. But is that always a bad thing? Not necessarily.
First of all, everyone knows that whole milk tastes better (although many will find our non-fat creamline to be pretty tasty too). So if you’re drinking milk for enjoyment, you know your best choice. Beyond that, there are even more glaring benefits to choosing whole milk over skim milk. One of those benefits is fat. Yes. We said “fat”!
Fat often gets a bad reputation, sometimes for good reason, but it shouldn’t be entirely avoided. There is such a thing as “good fat“. Dairy contains high levels of monounsaturated fat – the type of fat that could actually help you reduce your Cholesterol levels! There are even various studies that whole fat milk can actually reduce the risk of obesity! Is it because it’s more filling than skim milk? Or maybe that the protein is easily transferred into muscle. The bottom line is still up for discovery.
Ask Yourself the Question
With all of these facts laid out on the table, you may still feel uncertain about which type of milk is better. The truth is, we don’t have a definite answer for you. It really all comes down to who you are, what your health needs are, and what are your long-term goals?
If you’re a calorie counter, skim milk is a clear choice. But if you’re looking for a more well-rounded choice with all the vitamins and nutrients and the benefits of unsaturated fats, whole milk is the way to go. No matter which you choose, you can feel confident knowing that you’re choosing to nourish your body with something pure and wholesome. Find your favorite in a store near you!