Long ago, whole milk was the thing where almost all milk stores have nothing but only whole milk into their shelves. Fast forward to our time, low-fat milk began to gain popularity, and a lot of low-fat milk options are showing up in various stores around the world. But what is the difference between both of them that makes them unique from each other? Let’s find out.

Whole Milk

  • Whole Milk is a standardized version of milk where it has a fixed specific percentage of fat and solids. The Codes and Federal Regulations in the US requires whole milk to be sold with a 3.25% of milk fat and 8.25% milk solids. This may change depending on what country you are living on.
  • Whole milk undergoes a standardization process where the skim and cream portion of raw milk were separated from each other. Afterward, the cream portion is then added back to the skim portion to yield the desired fat content for the milk itself since the cream portion has a higher fat content compared than the skim portion. Thus, creating a 3.25% of milk fat. Keep in mind that milk fat may vary depending on the animal breed, how they are fed, and among other factors.

Low Fat Milk

  • On the other hand, low-fat milk is a term used for milk with minimal fat content than whole milk. The fat content of low fat milk doesn’t exceed more than 1%. There are also others such as “reduced fat” milk with a fat content of 2% and “skim” milk that has 0.5% of milk fat.

Recommended Serving Content

Whole Milk

  • 1 cup serving = 150 calories and 8g fat

Low Fat Milk

  • 2% milk = 120 calories and 4.5g fat
  • 1% milk = 100 calories and 2.5g fat
  • Skim milk = 80 calories and 0g fat

Nutritional Value

  • Milk is rich in nutrients such as calcium, protein, magnesium, and potassium. In the long run, whole milk and low-fat milk are both equal in terms of nutritional content. However, health professionals recommend low-fat milk because of its low-calorie content, perfect for those who are on a diet. But that doesn’t mean whole milk needs to be scrapped out of the picture overall. In fact, whole milk is the ideal option for toddlers over 12 months and above. Because of whole milk’s high calorie and fat content, it will help these kids for their bone growth and brain development.

How They Differ in Taste

  • If you’re used to drinking whole milk, then you’ll find that it is more flavorful and tastier compared to low-fat milk. However, low-fat milk can still be an acceptable alternative no matter what percentage of low-fat milk you choose. Skim milk, however, has that thin flavor paired with its blueish color making it unappealing, yet people don’t bother to care at all. Keep in mind that milk is not only produced from cows, but also from other animals as well such as horse, goats, sheep, moose, reindeer, camel, donkey, and more.

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