Is Skim Milk Bad for You?


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Skim milk is not necessarily bad for people; however, some studies suggest that due to its lower caloric content, skim milk does not make people feel as full, so they often consume more food. Skim milk is still an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium.

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There is no definitive data that proves whether skim milk is worse for people than whole milk. Nutritionists suggest drinking skim milk as a way to lower calorie intake. However, some studies suggest that drinking skim milk does not lower overall calorie consumption.

Other studies suggest that while whole milk is higher in saturated fat than skim milk, people who drink skim milk are more likely to consume foods that have a high-glycemic index. Foods with a high-glycemic index can contribute to an increased level of triglycerides, which can increase a person's risk of heart disease. However, it's important to remember that skim milk alone does not increase levels of triglyceride fats. It's the other foods that the study suggests people may eat after drinking skim milk because they don't feel full.

Some schools offer milk that has 3 grams less saturated fat than whole milk, but that has been sweetened with sugar to make them more enjoyable for kids. This sugar-sweetened milk contains nearly 13 grams more sugar than whole milk.

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