0% Milk vs. Skim Milk

Milk is highly nutritious; it contains protein, calcium, saturated fat and Vitamin D. Milk is sold on the basis of butterfat stored in them. Today, people are increasingly health conscious and try to reduce intake of fat in all forms. This has given rise to the concept of skim milk and 0% milk (also referred to as fat free milk). The major distinguishing feature between the two is the degree of fat removal.

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Description Processed milk with negligible amount of fat (0.1% to 0%). Processed milk with 0.5% to 0.1% fat.

Contents: 0% Milk vs Skim Milk

edit Basic Composition of Butter Fat

Composition of fatty acids in butterfat:

edit Difference in Fat Content of Skim Milk and 0% Milk

Though both skim milk and 0% milk are essentially fat free, skim milk contains equal to or less than 0.5% fat and fat free milk (0% milk) as the name indicates has 0% fat. Some people even use the terms interchangeably. The fat content of milk is clearly indicated on milk container and also can be identified by the color of label on milk bottle caps. Color schemes allow for quick recognition. Skim milk varieties of 1% and 2% are available in the UK even though 1% milk is not considered to be milk.

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Whole milk contains 3.5% fat and this fat is removed and required quantity added to obtain desired fat content in milk. Fat content can also be altered by selective breeding, genetic modifications etc. Scientists have bred cows that produce skimmed milk of less than 1% fat content (New Zealand).

Babcock test and Gerber Method could be used for determining fat content.

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Comments: 0% Milk vs Skim Milk

Anonymous comments (4)

September 7, 2012, 6:45pm

I am a Dairy Food Scientist, FYI- based on FDA (in the USA) Legal standard of identity for milk, 0% and Skim milk are IDENTICAL, its just semantics! 0%/skim milk can have up to 0.49% fat and still be classified as 0%.
0% milk will be about 5% milk sugar (lactose) and 3.5% protein - which is where the calories are coming from.

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July 16, 2012, 2:06pm

These figures are misleading as they are based on weight. So 2% milk has 2% fat BY WEIGHT. However over 35% of its calories will be from fat. Do some research and you'll see that there is still a lot of fat in 0% milk.

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June 25, 2012, 3:58pm

Seriously, other species milk??? I suppose we could pay nursing mothers to continue with the process of creating milk we could sell in stores. It amazes me the things people focus on today. Maybe instead of analyzing every single thing we eat or breathe we should talk to a 90 year old person and ask what they did to get to the age they are today. Yes I know there are more chemicals in the ground soil and what we feed our animals. But come on people you can't even read a simple comparison in a product without someone pointing out we should not be consuming the product at all??? To each their own I suppose. Freedom of paranoia.

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February 22, 2012, 5:43pm

Read the China Study and see how bad milk is for humans. We should not be drinking other species milks. Please educate yourself

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