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A Close Look at Traditional Milk

Traditional milk is cow milk that is pasteurized (meaning it is heated and then cooled) to kill bacteria. In most grocery stores, you have a plethora of choices. Do you want the one that is flavored, or plain? Low-fat, non-fat, or regular? The choices seem endless. How do you choose? Well, one way is to compare their nutritional facts, and see what kind works best for you. Let’s take a closer look.

Typically, traditional milk comes in four choices: whole milk, 1% fat, 2% fat, and skim milk. Using the nutrition facts from the Great Value brand of milk, you can see there are some differences in what kind of traditional milk you drink.

Nutrition Facts for Whole Milk
Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serving 16 % Daily Value*
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 70
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 350mg 10%
Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 30% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 25% Folic Acid 4%

Nutrition Facts for 1% Milk
Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serving 16 % Daily Value*
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 10mg 4%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 390mg 11%
Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 30% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 25% Folic Acid 0%

Nutrition Facts for Skim Milk
Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serving 16 % Daily Value*
Calories 80
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potassium 390mg 11%
Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 30% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 25% Folic Acid 0%

Nutrition Facts for 2% Milk
Serving Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serving 16 % Daily Value*
Calories 130
Calories from Fat 45
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potassium 400mg 11%
Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 12g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A 10% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 30% Iron 0%
Vitamin D 25% Folic Acid 0%

As you can see, the main differences are the amounts of calories, fat (especially saturated), and cholesterol. Everything else is relatively the same. Just by looking at the calories, the numbers jump from 80-150!

Another thing to consider is the flavor of the milk. The information above reflects plain milk. What about chocolate, or strawberry? Looking at those, the numbers are similar, but they do have some differences there. For example, TruMoo strawberry milk has more Vitamin A in it compared to TruMoo chocolate milk, and less sodium, potassium, carbohydrates, and even sugar! However, it has more calories, sugar, and carbohydrates in it compared to plain milk. Chocolate milk is typically higher in calories and calories from fat, sugar, and cholesterol than plain milk. However, it also has more protein in it, which is one of the reasons chocolate milk is thought of as a good drink to have after exercising.

Traditional milk still gives you some good protein, vitamins A, C, and D, as well as calcium. Those nutrients can, according to gotmilk.com, help your bones, skin, teeth, hair, muscles, and can even help you sleep. Go ahead and go pour yourself a glass!

 

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