Healthspan November 16, 2017

Skimmed milk - also known as ‘the healthier milk’ -  is one of the most popular milk variants on the market. But what makes it so healthy?

What is skimmed milk?

Simply put, skimmed milk is a lower-calorie, lower-fat version of whole or ‘full-fat’ milk. When it was first made, skimmed milk was made by allowing regular milk to separate and the cream to rise to the top. It was then ‘skimmed’ off the top and removed leaving a naturally lower-fat version.

Today, skimmed milk is made by centrifugal separation, in which most or all of the fat molecules are separated from the remainder of the milk.

What is the difference between whole milk and skimmed milk?

The biggest difference between whole milk and skimmed milk is the fat content. Typically, whole milk contains around 3.25 per cent fat (8g of per glass), whereas skimmed milk contains less than 0.5 per cent (0.3g) per glass.

What nutrients does skimmed milk provide?

Here’s how a typical serving (200ml) whole and skimmed milk compare:

200ml Whole milk 200ml Skimmed milk
130 kcal 71 kcal
7.4g fat 0.6g fat
of which saturates: 4.7g of which saturates: 0.2g
9.5g carbohydrates 10g carbohydrates
of which sugars: 9.5g of which sugars: 10g
7g protein 7.3g protein
240mg calcium 260mg calcium
323mg potassium 337mg potassium
0.12mg vitamin B6 0.12mg vitamin B6
1.9μg vitamin B12 1.7μg vitamin B12
23mg magnesium 23mg magnesium
198mg phosphorus 200mg phosphorus
64μg iodine 62 μg iodine*

Contrary to popular belief, skimmed milk provides the same nutrients as whole milk and only a fraction more natural sugar than whole milk. Skimmed milk also contains more calcium and more protein than whole milk – both vital nutrients for the development and protection of teeth, bones and muscle function.

The high levels of potassium found in skimmed milk contributes to normal muscle and nerve function and is important for healthy blood pressure, while magnesium helps your heart, muscles and immune system to function properly.

Fortified varities of skimmed milk containing vitamin D and vitamin A are also available.

Skimmed milk is lower in cholesterol

Because skimmed milk contains less than 1g of fat and saturated fat per serving, it is a fantastic option for those with high cholesterol who need to reduce their cholesterol levels, as well as those who wish to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

High cholesterol is a risk factor for corornary heart disease (CVD), which can cause stroke, heart attack, heart failure and high blood pressure.

Skimmed milk is high in protein

Skimmed milk contains two types of protein: casein and whey. Both of these protein types are beneficial in helping to build and repair muscle, as well as maintain muscle function. Skimmed milk also contains a total of 18 amino acids, inclusing all nine of the essential amino acids. Amino acids are known as the ‘building blocks of protein’ and are responsible for bulding and maintain lean muscles.

Some research has indicated that the protein found in skimmed milk helps to build muscle more quickly than alternaive protein sources, such as soy protein.

Skimmed milk is high in calcium

Did you know? In order to consume the same amount of calcium found in a glass of skimmed milk, you would need to eat 63 Brussels sprouts, 11 servings of spinach or four servings of broccoli.

Milk is the best food source of calcium, with skimmed milk providing more calcium than whole milk or semi-skimmed milk varieties. As well as bein necessary for the growth of healthy bones and teeth, calcium is essential for normal blood clotting and muscle function.

Skimmed milk is lower in calories

Skimmed calories contains around half the calories of whole milk, making it a popular choice for those who enjoy drinking milk on a daily basis.

A typical serving (one glass) whole contains around 150 calories, whereas a glass of skimmed milk only contains around 80, making it the perfect choice for anyone actively trying to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

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