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What are some disadvantages of low-fat milk?

Margaret Floyd
Nutrition & Dietetics
Taking the fat out of the milk makes it difficult for your body to access and use two very important vitamins found in the milk: vitamin A and D, both of which are fat soluble (meaning that they need fat to be absorbed and used by your body). Without the vitamin D, in particular, the calcium in the milk is not as absorbable by your body. As a result, reduced-fat or low-fat milk always has synthetic vitamins A and D added to it, with debatable health benefits.

The other challenge with reduced-fat milk is that it's often fortified with powdered milk for added protein. Unfortunately, powdered milk contains oxidized (damaged) cholesterol, which is highly damaging to arterial walls far more so than undamaged cholesterol. Unfortunately, milk producers aren't required to include powdered milk on the ingredient list, so there's no way of knowing whether it's included or not.
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