This isn’t your usual FS blog. Normally I just look simply at ingredients and nutrition but this one is a little more tricky. I don’t have to worry about the ingredients since milk is basically all natural. Let’s begin. I’m going to assume you are drinking nonfat milk since
1) Its the lowest in calories.
2) That is the typical “diet friendly” choice for milk.
I’m going to make the short argument for drinking milk with some fat so I will look at 1% milk. Let’s compare the nutrition (this time from www.nutritiondata.com)
Simply looking at that chart, the two milks really aren’t that different. 20 calories is not a huge difference and neither is 2g of fat. Also, for this blog, I decided to choose milk fortified with Vitamin A. I know a lot of milk has Vitamin D added too but I didn’t want to assume that. Anyway! What’s so special about the vitamins?
Both Vitamins A and D (along with E and K) are fat soluble. Basically, that means that they can dissolve in fat (verses water). Unless these vitamins are dissolved in a fatty liquid, they won’t be absorbed properly by the intestines. What does that mean for you? Even though both 1% and nonfat milk contain 10% Vitamin A, you will absorb significantly less (or possibly none at all) by drinking the nonfat milk.
That is my plane and simple argument for drinking “milk with some fat”. I buy 1% or 2%, whichever is convenient. The few extra calories aren’t going to kill my daily calorie intake!
Some references (I know some are just websites but I tried to find ones that seemed reputable)
- www.livestrong.com/article/344938-in formation-on-vitamin-absorption/
What kind of milk do you drink? Will you consider changing your choice now?