Milk is a household staple and it does do the body good. However, there are many types of milk from non-fat, 1%, and whole milk; the calories in milk with different fat contents ranges from 83-146 calories per glass. Milk has many vitamins and minerals and is a great drink for those on a nutritious diet.
There’s nothing quite like of glass of milk whether it’s ice cold, perfect for dipping freshly baked chocolate chip cookies or warmed with a dash of cinnamon right before bed. But with all the various types of milk to choose from (whole, 1%, non-fat, etc) which one really does the body good?
Milk is most known for vitamin D and calcium but it also contains several other vital vitamins and minerals that help build muscles, strengthen bones, maintain eyesight and healthy skin. However, a glass (one cup) of whole milk contains 146 calories. So the conscious dieter might be asking, “is it really worth it?
The taste of whole milk is incomparable: rich, creamy, and extremely satisfying. A glass of whole milk has 28% calcium, which is less calcium than that of 1% milk and non-fat milk. A glass of 1% milk has 102 calories and 29% calcium and a glass of non-fat milk has 83 calories and 31% calcium. Both 1% and non-fat milk boast a higher amount of vitamins and minerals than whole milk with far less calories per glass.
The only sacrifice is taste- both 1% and non-fat milk lack the rich flavor of whole milk but with more nutritional benefits and a lower calorie count both 1% and non-fat milk are great substitutions for the conscious dieter.
If you’re watching calories, 1% or non-fat milk is great addition to a smoothie, creamy mashed potatoes, or with your morning coffee. Both types of milk are a smart alternative to whole milk in cooking and baking and can be just as satisfying served alone in a tall glass.
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