2% fat is negligible, right?
Skim milk contains no fat while 2% milk contains 5 grams of fat per cup — 3.1 grams of which are saturated fat; 35% of the calories in 2% milk are from fat.
I have really neat diagrams in my office — one showing hidden sugars and one showing hidden fats. As soon as I can visually show someone the difference between the healthfulness of skim vs. 2% milk, the battle has been won (sorry, no picture…I’ll take one next week!)
Saturated fat should comprise NO MORE than 7% of daily caloric intake; 15.5 grams of saturated fat in a 2,000 calorie a day diet or 12 grams of saturated fat in a 1,500 calorie a day diet.
Saturated fat is naturally present in meat and dairy products. Milk fat, butter, lard, meat marbling, and animal fat are all examples of saturated fat. Saturated fat is also found in many commercially prepared foods such as potato chips, pastries, condiments, and snack foods. It’s every where and most American’s consume too much!
Excess saturated fat intake can increase total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol levels — no good! And in all honesty, the lower one’s saturated fat intake the better.
The labeling of 2%, while not inaccurate, is once again deceiving. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products should be fat-free (ideally!) and low-fat (if not fat-free!), in order to keep saturated fat intake low.
For example, consuming 2 glasses of 2% milk each day — 6.2 grams of saturated fat — is nearly half of the recommended intake for many individuals. Ouch! Choosing fat-free dairy is a great way to decrease saturated fat intake and keep cholesterol levels healthy!
Question: Did you realize how much saturated fat was in 2% milk? Be honest!
What % fat milk do you typically buy?
Have a great weekend! Any fun plans?
P.S. Yesterday’s Q&A was a hit and I’ll give a weekly or bi-weekly Q&A a shot, per reader requests! Email your burning nutrition questions to [email protected]! 😉