Question: Is there really much of a health benefit in drinking skim or low fat milk over full-cream milk? I’m not crazy about the taste but I’m willing to give the healthier alternatives a go if you recommend it.
Answer:Skim and reduced-fat milks have a number of health benefits which I’ve highlighted below. If you’re not crazy about the taste, give yourself time as your taste buds will adapt slowly over time.
Try switching from full-fat milk to reduced-fat milk for a month or so before finally switching to a skim milk. You may find after this time that going back to full-fat milk tastes like drinking full cream!
The health benefits of skim and reduced-fat milk include:
• Less fat, particularly less saturated fat which supports a healthy heart
• Less kilojoules which can help to support a healthy body weight
• More protein which is important for muscle repair and recovery and helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer
• More calcium which is needed for strong bones. Ideally choose a milk with 200mg or more of calcium per 100mL of milk or more than 500mg of calcium per 250mL glass.
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*Values provided per 250mL glass. Values are approximate and may vary across brands.
|Emily is the Nutritionist at Healtheries. For more information about Healtheries, one of New Zealand's most trusted health brands, visit www.healtheries.co.nz or phone 0800 848 254.|