Q:What is better for you, 1% or skim milk? Why?


A: There is a slight difference between 1% and skim milk, but not a major one. Skim milk contains almost no fat, while 1% contains 2 grams of fat, really a non-issue. It has been said that people should drink higher fat milk because the fat in the milk helps them to feel more satisfied. There is some truth to that in that fat does help with satiation; however, most people drink milk WITH a meal that has some fat in it. It seems to make the most sense to drink milk that is the lowest in calories as all other elements of the milk are the same.

Consider though, the sugar content of milk when you are evaluating your overall nutrition plan. All 4 types of milk contain 12 grams of sugar per serving (the same as a bowl of Fruit Loops). It can be argued that lactose may digested a little more slowly than table sugar (like in Fruit Loops), but at the end of the day, it is still sugar.

Make your choices carefully, and be educated about the overall sugar content in your day. Let preference be your guide when choosing 1% or skim.
Here is a chart that outlines the nutrition information for you to compare.

1 cup skim milk

  • 80 calories
  • 0g fat
  • 0g saturated fat
  • <5g cholesterol
  • 8g protein
  • 12g carbohydrates
  • 12g sugar
1 cup 1% milk

  • 102 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 1.5 g saturated fat
  • 12 mg cholesterol
  • 8 g protein
  • 12 g carbohydrates
  • 12 g sugar
1 cup 2% milk

  • 130 calories
  • 5g fat
  • 3g saturated fat
  • 20mg cholesterol
  • 8g protein
  • 12g carbohydrates
  • 12g sugar
1 cup whole milk

  • 150 calories
  • 8g fat
  • 5g saturated fat
  • 35mg cholesterol
  • 8g protein
  • 12g carbohydrates
  • 12g sugar