How Many Calories Are in Milk?


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An 8-ounce serving of whole milk contains 146 calories. Reduced-fat milk with 2 percent milkfat contains 122 calories, and low-fat milk, which contains 1 percent milkfat, has 102 calories per 8-ounce serving. Non-fat milk, from which all the milkfat has been removed, contains 83 calories per serving.

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Buttermilk, despite its fatty-sounding name, only contains 98 calories per 8-ounce serving. Condensed sweetened milk and evaporated milk, both of which are primarily used for baking, contain 982 and 337 calories per serving, respectively. Chocolate milk ranges from 157 to 207 calories per 8-ounce serving, depending on the fat content of the milk. Goat milk has 168 calories per serving, and sheep milk has 264 calories.

Cow milk consists of 3.4 percent protein, 3.9 percent fat, 4.8 percent carbohydrates and 87.8 percent water. While milk contains calcium, which is needed for bone strength and to help prevent osteoporosis, studies show that those drinking less than 8 ounces of milk per week are at no greater risk of broken bones than those who drink milk regularly. U.S. News and World Report suggests that people concerned about calcium levels take vitamin D supplements and engage in weight-bearing exercise rather than drink milk because of the high number of calories in milk.

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