It Does a Body Good
Quick Anecdote: The other day I mentioned to a friend that I had made a sandwich for lunch “because Matt had some bread.” She quickly responded, “So you’re getting married, but you don’t share bread?”
This got me thinking about sharing food with Matt (we eat very differently). And one thing I thought of was milk.
I am NOT a big milk drinker, or milk “eater” for that matter. I do not like yogurt. Only recently have I branched out into different kinds of cheese. And I stopped drinking milk at dinner when my mom gave me the option to only have water. However, I now use milk in oatmeal and pudding (maybe a glass of chocolate milk from time to time). I have been using skim milk. Matt drinks 2% (and would probably prefer whole milk). I decided to do a bit of research regarding the different kinds of milk.
First of all, for those who aren’t aware. All milk is “skimmed” of fat, and then percentages of it are added back in. No nutrients are lost in this process (not like refining flour).
When I was a baby/child, we drank whole milk. The doctor told my mom that the extra fat helped with calcium absorption which young, growing bodies need. In my 30 minute research of the internet, I have now learned, that currently doctors recommend whole milk for children in order to help them reach their daily calorie intake (since they burn so many calories “growing”).
Actually, what aids in calcium absorption is Vitamin D (which is why milk is fortified with it). Why fat is important is that the calcium needs transportation through your body. It hops a ride with amino acids (protein) or lipids (fats) and is carried to the small intestine. And vitamin D and fats don’t need to be in the same food as the calcium, just eaten at the same time. Other major sources of calcium include broccoli and kale.
Now back to 2% vs. 1% vs. skim . . . well, by “skimming” the fat out of milk, there is more room for calcium, and even sodium. So there is more of these nutrients per 8 oz serving in skim milk. (Source). However, with less fat for transporting, you might not be absorbing all of the calcium. (Source)
BY THE NUMBERS
Skim milk, 80
Skim milk, 0g
Skim milk, 8g
Skim milk, 30% of DV
2%, 29% of DV
In most of the reading I found, many people are pushing skim milk to lower their caloric intake and reduce the fat in their diet. If you already have a low fat diet, you are fine drinking 2%.What kind of milk do you drink? Have you made a conscious choice?