Nutritional Content of Skimmed Milk vs Semi-Skimmed

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20/03/2011 at 20:17
I have been drinking skimmed milk for a while now as I wanted to try and lose some fat.
Even though I have increased my running distance I have not lost any fat but to be honest it's only a vanity thing as I do plenty of running and eat well but have a bit of a belly.

I had believed that there was a reduced level of nutritional content in skimmed milk as the process of skimming it removed some of the nutrients but I was amazed to find that whilst this is true for a small number of nutrients (such as Vitamin C - skimmed has half as much) some nutrients are actually HGHER in skimmed milk (e.g. potassium). How can this be?

Anyway the good news is I can stick to skimmed milk as I won't be losing out on any nutrients that I don't get much of elsewhere in my diet).

Here is the report on the nutritional content that I got the info from (and there's a lot of good stuff in milk!)
20/03/2011 at 21:45
The level of some nutrients is higher in skimmed milk because they're in the watery bit of the milk not the fatty bit. If you take the fatty bit away you have more watery bit and hence more of those nutrients... it's not exactly rocket science.
20/03/2011 at 22:07
But presumably less of the fat-soluble nutrients?
20/03/2011 at 22:16
I'm not too sure that something that has the taste and texture of water that you've just washed paint brushes in can really be considered as nutritious
21/03/2011 at 10:31
That makes sense M.Ister W and I prefer your non-sciency explanation!
27/08/2013 at 10:02

All forms of cow's milk should be banned from the UK marketplace other than skimmed milk as part of a campaign against obesity. Whether skimmed milk tastes good or not is a matter of opinion. Personally, I think skimmed has an absolutely beautiful flavour especially the organic milk. I don't understand how anyone can enjoy the flavour of fat; it doesn't make sense to me. Perhaps their taste buds are all messed up with all the rubbish, fats, salts and sugars that they consume. Once a proper healthy diet is found and adhered to. Once the excess salts, fats and sugars are omitted from their diet for a substantial period of time, they will begin to taste their food and not the cr** that it has been adulterated with. For example, a potato without salt or anything else added is absolutely gorgeous; a salad sandwich without butter, mayonnaise, salad cream, or even meat and cheese, but just with fresh salad and tomato is beautiful and not dry at all. Good quality proteins can be found in fish, nuts, beans (butter beans, kidney beans etc.) skimmed milk, one or two poached or boiled eggs every other morning. Health is your wealth, so value it. 

Edited: 27/08/2013 at 10:08
27/08/2013 at 10:12

Oh great, someone from the Gastronomic Gestapo has just joined the forum 

Personally I agree with Ian M - semi skimmed or don't bother at all, skimmed doesn't taste of anything.

Edited: 27/08/2013 at 10:16
27/08/2013 at 10:18
Brilliant, so after my Sunday 20 milers all I'm allowed is a dry old salad sandwich and a dry boiled potato?
I may as well give up on life if we can't have a little of what we fancy every now and again.
Should alcohol be banned as well?
27/08/2013 at 10:20

I am fairly sure there are a few items higher up the list than semi skimmed milk to ban. Half a pint of semi skimmed milk delivers about 130 calories, nominal fat and plenty of calcium and protein. I find it a great post workout drink, or as a snack if a little hungry.

Edited: 27/08/2013 at 10:21
27/08/2013 at 10:20

Quite Millsy. Personally, I feel for anyone who can't appreciate a Sunday roast.

27/08/2013 at 10:23
Screamapillar wrote (see)

Quite Millsy. Personally, I feel for anyone who can't appreciate a Sunday roast.

So long as its roast butternut squash you should be ok, just try not to enjoy it too much 

27/08/2013 at 10:24

Be assured Dave, I give myself a good flogging with a cat o' nine tails afterwards 

27/08/2013 at 10:27


Idiot, you'll have the cats protection league invading now !    

27/08/2013 at 10:36

Don't worry, it's not made from real cats 

I'm eating a flapjack at the moment - someone needs to suggest a suitable punishment  

27/08/2013 at 10:37

Some dietary fat is essential. Without it, you'd die.

And I doubt the fat found in milk contributes significantly to obesity. Most whole milk is only around 4% fat. If you want to make a big difference to your diet, go for low fat cooking methods - that makes a HUGE differenec to energy intake.

27/08/2013 at 10:38
Screamapillar wrote (see)

Don't worry, it's not made from real cats 

I'm eating a flapjack at the moment - someone needs to suggest a suitable punishment  


I propose that in punishment you give the flapjack to me

27/08/2013 at 10:44

Too late!  

27/08/2013 at 10:45

Dang it!

I guess I'll just have to eat the scones I made yesterday instead... 

27/08/2013 at 10:52

Wicked child, you'll burn in Hell! 

27/08/2013 at 11:18

I've been eating a lot more fat in my diet over the last year and my cholestrol level is fine and my body fat doesn't appear to have changed. Nuts, coconut oil, full fat yoghurt (natural goat and greek) and olive oil (cold pressed and unfiltered). Mind you I don't like milk so tend to stick to skimmed as it tastes the least like milk!

I wouldn't mind a scone - with jam and clotted cream please!

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