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A Close Look at Traditional Milk

Tra­di­tional milk is cow milk that is pas­teur­ized (mean­ing it is heated and then cooled) to kill bac­te­ria. In most gro­cery stores, you have a plethora of choices. Do you want the one that is fla­vored, or plain? Low-fat, non-fat, or reg­u­lar? The choices seem end­less. How do you choose? Well, one way is to com­pare their nutri­tional facts, and see what kind works best for you. Let’s take a closer look.

Typ­i­cally, tra­di­tional milk comes in four choices: whole milk, 1% fat, 2% fat, and skim milk. Using the nutri­tion facts from the Great Value brand of milk, you can see there are some dif­fer­ences in what kind of tra­di­tional milk you drink.

Nutri­tion Facts for Whole Milk
Serv­ing Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serv­ing 16 % Daily Value*
Calo­ries 150
Calo­ries from Fat 70
Total Fat 8g 12%
Sat­u­rated Fat 5g 25%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyun­sat­u­rated Fat 0.5g
Monoun­sat­u­rated Fat 2g
Cho­les­terol 35mg 12%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potas­sium 350mg 10%
Car­bo­hy­drates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sug­ars 11g
Pro­tein 8g
Vit­a­min A 6% Vit­a­min C 2%
Cal­cium 30% Iron 0%
Vit­a­min D 25% Folic Acid 4%

Nutri­tion Facts for 1% Milk
Serv­ing Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serv­ing 16 % Daily Value*
Calo­ries 100
Calo­ries from Fat 20
Total Fat 2.5g 4%
Sat­u­rated Fat 1.5g 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyun­sat­u­rated Fat 0g
Monoun­sat­u­rated Fat 0.5g
Cho­les­terol 10mg 4%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potas­sium 390mg 11%
Car­bo­hy­drates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sug­ars 12g
Pro­tein 8g
Vit­a­min A 10% Vit­a­min C 4%
Cal­cium 30% Iron 0%
Vit­a­min D 25% Folic Acid 0%

Nutri­tion Facts for Skim Milk
Serv­ing Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serv­ing 16 % Daily Value*
Calo­ries 80
Calo­ries from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sat­u­rated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyun­sat­u­rated Fat 0g
Monoun­sat­u­rated Fat 0g
Cho­les­terol 5mg 2%
Sodium 120mg 5%
Potas­sium 390mg 11%
Car­bo­hy­drates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sug­ars 12g
Pro­tein 8g
Vit­a­min A 10% Vit­a­min C 4%
Cal­cium 30% Iron 0%
Vit­a­min D 25% Folic Acid 0%

Nutri­tion Facts for 2% Milk
Serv­ing Size 1 cup (240 mL)
Per Serv­ing 16 % Daily Value*
Calo­ries 130
Calo­ries from Fat 45
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sat­u­rated Fat 3g 15%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyun­sat­u­rated Fat 0g
Monoun­sat­u­rated Fat 1.5g
Cho­les­terol 20mg 7%
Sodium 130mg 5%
Potas­sium 400mg 11%
Car­bo­hy­drates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sug­ars 12g
Pro­tein 8g
Vit­a­min A 10% Vit­a­min C 2%
Cal­cium 30% Iron 0%
Vit­a­min D 25% Folic Acid 0%

As you can see, the main dif­fer­ences are the amounts of calo­ries, fat (espe­cially sat­u­rated), and cho­les­terol. Every­thing else is rel­a­tively the same. Just by look­ing at the calo­ries, the num­bers jump from 80–150!

Another thing to con­sider is the fla­vor of the milk. The infor­ma­tion above reflects plain milk. What about choco­late, or straw­berry? Look­ing at those, the num­bers are sim­i­lar, but they do have some dif­fer­ences there. For exam­ple, Tru­Moo straw­berry milk has more Vit­a­min A in it com­pared to Tru­Moo choco­late milk, and less sodium, potas­sium, car­bo­hy­drates, and even sugar! How­ever, it has more calo­ries, sugar, and car­bo­hy­drates in it com­pared to plain milk. Choco­late milk is typ­i­cally higher in calo­ries and calo­ries from fat, sugar, and cho­les­terol than plain milk. How­ever, it also has more pro­tein in it, which is one of the rea­sons choco­late milk is thought of as a good drink to have after exercising.

Tra­di­tional milk still gives you some good pro­tein, vit­a­mins A, C, and D, as well as cal­cium. Those nutri­ents can, accord­ing to gotmilk.com, help your bones, skin, teeth, hair, mus­cles, and can even help you sleep. Go ahead and go pour your­self a glass!

 

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