A day without consuming milk is a quite rare scene in India. But have you ever looked into the health aspect of the milk you are drinking? Basically, when you reach a supermarket, you see colorful cartons of milk and you randomly pick one and add to your shopping bag. Some fitness freaks choose skimmed milk over full-fat milk assuming that the former is nutrient-rich. Is that assumption right? Let’s find out.

Let’s Understand The Difference

Skimming full-fat milk removes essential vitamins, minerals, and good fat, of course.
Skimming full-fat milk removes essential vitamins, minerals, and good fat, of course.

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Before we find out which is healthier, it is important to know how these milk varieties differ. The whole milk or full-fat milk that is available in the store has 3.25% of milk fat. Don’t you think this is a small portion and you only have worried excessively?

In a glass of milk, there are just 8 grams of fat and a total of 150 calories. On the other hand, skimmed milk is known to be fat-free and helps you cut down the calories. The fat from the regular milk is completely skimmed using a centrifugal separator. A glass of skimmed milk is equal to 80 calories. This obviously means that your energy levels also lower when you choose skimmed over full-fat milk.

Is Skimmed Milk Better Than Full Fat?

Full-fat milk gives you a lot of nutrition than skimmed milk.
Full-fat milk gives you a lot of nutrition than skimmed milk.

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Cutting down fat by using skimmed milk appears to be a good idea but we begin to focus on including sugar and carbs to our diet and these are not healthy options. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it is also found out that people who consumed full-fat milk were less obese and had essential fats that their bodies need to produce energy.

When the full-fat milk is skimmed, fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins E and A are missed out. As a result, teenagers are prone to diabetes and cholesterol at early ages. The choice of saturated fats and trans fats in skimmed milk appears to enhance the blood concentration present in LDL cholesterol.

Remember that dairy fat is natural and acts as an excellent source of energy that helps your cells and nerves to remain healthy. If you can moderate your milk consumption, you never have to worry about the small quantities of fat present in full-fat milk. Perhaps, this type of milk also helps you achieve a balanced diet which skimmed milk fails to achieve.

So, which milk is your choice henceforth?

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