What Are the Benefits of Non-Fat Milk?

Non-fat milk also comes in powder form.
Milk is often sold and bought by the gallon.
Non-fat milk may promote weight loss.
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  • Written By: April S. Kenyon
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 15 October 2014
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Non-fat milk is also commonly referred to as skim milk, low fat milk, or fat free milk. It is high in nutritional value and vitamin content, and promotes weight loss. Higher endurance levels can also be achieved through the consumption of non-fat milk. Drinking skim milk can also be beneficial to those who are attempting to increase muscle.

Contrary to its name, non-fat milk contains approximately 0.5% milk fat. The fat content and calories present in the milk are far fewer than that present in whole milk. Those who are dieting or attempting to lose weight can dramatically decrease the amount of fat in their diets by switching to non-fat milk.

The reduction of fat in skim milk creates more room for nutrients. Many people believe that whole milk contains more calcium than low fat milk, but this is not true. In fact, fat free milk may contain even more calcium than whole milk.

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Additionally, the removal of fat allows for fortification of other valuable nutrients, such as vitamins A and D, which are essential to good eye health and strong bone structure. Many nutrients are eliminated from milk during the heating process required to remove the fat content from milk, but these essential nutrients are added back into the milk after the removal of the fat. Individuals who are attempting to lose weight or striving to maintain a healthy diet can still receive high amounts of protein, calcium, potassium, and essential vitamins while limiting the amount of fat and calories by drinking skim milk.

Higher amounts of energy and endurance are another benefit of drinking non-fat milk. It provides the body with a casein protein, which takes a couple of hours to break down in the body. The extra amounts of protein in fat free milk can increase energy levels and strengthen muscles for a longer and more intense workout. Casein protein can also strengthen and preserves muscles after a hard workout.

The fat that is present in whole milk is primarily saturated animal fat. This type of fat can greatly raise cholesterol levels. Individuals attempting to lower cholesterol levels can greatly benefit from drinking non-fat milk. In addition, non-fat milk powder or skim milk can be used as a replacement for heavy creams or whole milk in many recipes. This can help reduce the amount of fat present in a favorite indulgence or dessert.

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Drentel
Post 3

I think it is interesting how milk used to be thought of as the perfect food. Remember how it was supposed to be great for our bones, teeth and skin? Now we have learned more about milk fat and how that makes our cholesterol rise, and that is dangerous. I wonder what we will learn about skim milk twenty years from now. Will we find out that we should have stuck with whole milk and left well enough alone?

Feryll
Post 2

Whether skim milk, milk 2 percent or whole milk is best for me is not my biggest concern. My girlfriend buys the skim milk and I think it tastes like watered down milk, like someone mixed a glass of water and a glass of milk. Plus, I don't like the way it looks in the bowl with my cereal.

mobilian33
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Everyone tells me I should stop drinking regular whole milk and switch to skim because the skim is better for, but I still buy and drink the whole milk.

Maybe I am just out of step with the times, but I don't like the idea of the nutrients being removed from my milk and then added back as the article says happens with skim milk. We know so much about how processing food can end up making the food less nutritional and even harmful in some instances, so this makes me concerned about skim milk. Besides, who is to say we are not taking out some other beneficial parts of the milk, and we are unaware of what we are doing when we take out the fat?

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