Whole Milk vs. 2% Milk


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 I have grown up drinking whole milk all my life. I would only sometimes drink 2% when I stayed over my best friend's house because that's what she drank. From a person that drinks whole milk, 2% milk to me taste like water. I guess the general consensus is that 2% milk is better for you. That might be so but when it comes to babies my family is a firm believer that whole milk is the way to go because its gives the baby more nutrients and helps them grow. This topic is of interest to be because I really want to know if there is a difference and if there is, is it even significant.

            imgres-2.jpegI found out that whole milk and 2% have the generally the same amount of nutrients just the whole milk has all the fat. As a baby it is healthier to feed them whole milk but as the baby gets older in like the 2-3 range its okay to start feeding them 2% milk because they don't need the extra fat anymore. Though, that only counts if the toddler is eating regularly and can get the fat from elsewhere. If the toddler is a picking eater or doesn't like to eat much then sticking with whole milk for longer is encouraged.

           


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I am interested to know what kind of milk you drink and why? What did you drink as a baby and has it changed from then to now?

 

 

 

 

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To be honest i have been drinking 2% milk since i was a little kid. However after reading this topic I did some research and according to this link http://www.care2.com/greenliving/why-whole-milk-is-the-healthiest-choice.html Vitamins A and D are also fat-soluble. So you can’t absorb the much needed vitamins if all the fat has been reduced and we NEED our Vitamin A and D. This has me thinking that maybe I should change milk.

Well first to answer your question, I drink skim milk because it has the least amount of calories and fat, and also because I'm a health freak. As a baby and child my mom always bought 2%, but since I've been living on my own I've been buying skim.

I always assumed whole milk had the most amount of nutrients out of the other common types (2%, 1%, skim), but according to this website , skim milk actually contains the most amount of calcium of the options!

However, skim milk contains less fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamin A) as opposed to others because of the fat content that is removed (as mentioned by Kelvin who previously commented).

It seems both ends of the milk spectrum have benefits, but as adults I'd suggest skim milk because of its lower caloric and fat content. It is higher in other nutrients, anyway!

Another interesting milk option that you didn't mention in your article is organic milk. Ah, you really can't get away from the "O" word these days - organic grocery items are becoming more and more popular, and this website that details a variety of milk choices notes that certain types of organic milk may be abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and conjugated linoleic acid - depending on where the cows were grazing.

What makes organic milk "organic" is that the cows providing the milk grazed on food that did not have any chemicals or pesticides used on them.


Well first to answer your question, I drink skim milk because it has the least amount of calories and fat, and also because I'm a health freak. As a baby and child my mom always bought 2%, but since I've been living on my own I've been buying skim.

I always assumed whole milk had the most amount of nutrients out of the other common types (2%, 1%, skim), but according to this website , skim milk actually contains the most amount of calcium of the options!

However, skim milk contains less fat-soluble vitamins (like Vitamin A) as opposed to others because of the fat content that is removed (as mentioned by Kelvin who previously commented).

It seems both ends of the milk spectrum have benefits, but as adults I'd suggest skim milk because of its lower caloric and fat content. It is higher in other nutrients, anyway!

Another interesting milk option that you didn't mention in your article is organic milk. Ah, you really can't get away from the "O" word these days - organic grocery items are becoming more and more popular, and this website that details a variety of milk choices notes that certain types of organic milk may be abundant in omega-3 fatty acids, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and conjugated linoleic acid - depending on where the cows were grazing.

What makes organic milk "organic" is that the cows providing the milk grazed on food that did not have any chemicals or pesticides used on them.


For as long as I can remember, I have always drank skim milk. I'm assuming because it's less fat, calories, etc. but I also believe it's because what my mom drank when she was growing up (I could be wrong though.) At home, my mom always seems to buy organic milk, but at school I buy regular milk and don't seem to see a difference.

I also wonder if the type of milk preference could have any correlation with whether you were breastfed as a baby or not, and for how long, etc. Or, what age you started drinking milk from cows. I think it would be a stretch, but maybe there could be a small reason why some people generally prefer whole milk or skim milk depending on what age they began drinking milk.

I also wonder how attachment parenting (which has been put under a spotlight after this Time magazine article (http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2114427,00.html) with a controversial magazine cover. I also wonder what attachment parenting children's milk preferences tend to be.

To answer the question, I drink 2% milk. I have for so long that I can't really drink whole milk (it's too thick) or skim milk (it's too watery tasting). Going with another person's comment, what about other kinds of milk? Not just organic, but rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.?
I had stated in my first blog post a while back that we as humans are the only species that continue to drink milk as we get older, and more people are getting lactose intolerant. So, if we were to switch to any of these other kinds of milk would we get the same amount of nutrients? Maybe even more?

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