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Does skim milk provide the same nutrients as whole milk?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Yes, skim milk has all of the same nutrients as whole milk but without extra fat. If whole milk is not homogenized to reduce the size of fat particles, it naturally separates into skim milk with the cream layer on top. Skim milk has the same amount of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, and protein as whole milk does. However, skim milk is a better dietary choice for healthy heart and healthy weight since it has less calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol. A cup of skim milk has 12 grams of carbohydrate, 8 grams of protein, 0 grams of fat, and 128 mg of sodium.

The nutritional value of skim milk is the same as whole milk, although skim milk has less fat. Even though skim has less fat, if you drink and 8 ounce glass of whole milk and an 8 ounce glass of skim milk, you would consume more calcium from the skim milk.

Drinking milk is how many Americans get enough calcium and other vitamins. Vitamins A and D are usually added to skim milk because they are lost when the fat is removed. It is recommended that kids drink whole milk until 2 years of age and then it is ok to give skim milk.

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