The idea that a glass of milk a day is the sole vehicle to strength has been ingrained in our minds for decades. But with health experts claiming how milk can increase cholesterol, many milk drinkers found themselves in an helpless state of not knowing what to do.
The advent of skimmed milk, though has supposedly solved that problem as many think they can get the best of both world- healthy bones and a healthy heart. You will find this in the refrigerator of millions of Americans. Skimmed milk is looked upon as the healthier version of regular whole milk. People buy it in hopes of loosing weight, after all it is low in fat and calories.
But unfortunately, the truth is that skimmed milk is way more dangerous than you think. Here’s why!
5 Reason Why Skimmed milk is Anything but Healthy
1. High in Sugar
Low fat milk could be a contributor to the obesity epidemic, thanks to its surprising sugar content. 13 grams of sugar per cup– that’s how much of sugar skimmed milk is hiding. The daily recommended sugar intake for children is 2-4 tsp (~12 grams) a day, for woman and men it’s 20 gram and 32 gram respectively. As you can see, in just a few cups (for kids, just one cup) you can easily go over your daily recommended amount.
As for calories, 1 cup of reduced fat 2% milk has 122 calories, which might not seem a lot. But most of us consume much more than that per day. Just 3 cups of it can load us up with 366 calories which, according to health experts, is better spent somewhere else.
2. Skim Milk is dyed milk
The fat free milk is separated from the whole milk in a centrifuge. Before being processed, skimmed milk is actually blue and watery. Not just that but some companies inject powdered milk solids into the liquid. During this process, the liquid is subjected to high pressure and heat which oxidizes the cholesterol in milk. Research shows that oxidized cholesterol is carcinogenic. It irritates the blood vessels and is said to create much more plaque in the arteries. It is also sad to oxidize the already existing cholesterol molecules in our body.
3. Less saturated fat doesn’t necessarily mean a weak heart
Skimmed milk might have less to no saturated fat, but the idea that saturated fat will make you overweight and increase your risk of cardiovascular disease is not true. A literature review published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that there is no significant evidence that shows dietary saturated fat is linked to a higher risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.
4. Skimmed milk will not make you skinny
A research study done on 12,829 US children, whose ages ranged from 9 to 14 years, showed that kids who drank more than 3 servings a day of milk gained more weight. It also showed that, contrary to their hypothesis, skim and 1% milk caused weight gain.
One reason for this is because when you eliminate or severely limit fat from your diet, you turn to carbs to fill up that void. Skim milk does not curb your appetite. It doesn’t have the fat to keep your blood sugar and insulin level balanced. It increases your urge to reach for a sugary treat instead.
5. Devoid of Vitamins
During processing, skim milk gets devoid of nutrients like Vitamin A and D, which are then fortified back into the milk in its fortified version. Milk solids are used to replace the lost protein. Without fat, the chemically synthetic fat soluble vitamins cannot be properly absorbed by our body anyways.
Is Skim Milk or Milk Worth it?
According to the Harvard professor of Pediatrics, David Ludwig M.D. milk is “nutritionally unnecessary”. We can get sufficient nutrients from green vegetables, fruits, nuts and fish. A lot of people drink milk for its calcium content, but vegetables like bok choy, collard, broccoli and other green leafy vegetables are not only good source of calcium but also other vitamins like Vitamin K and D.
For those looking for a whole milk substitute, I would strongly recommend Almond Milk. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin E, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Iron, Calcium and Zinc to name a few.
Skim milk is not worth the money. It is highly processed and devoid of natural nutrients.
What about you? Are you a Skim milk drinker? Please tell us in the comments below.