milk

Whats the health benefits,if any,of non fat,skimmilk.Is i vitaman D deefishnt.

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Skimmed milk has less fat than regular milk so it is less fattening. Also, I think regular milk fat is high in saturated fat, which tends to raise cholesterol levels more than less saturated fats (such as many vegetable oils) will. For these reasons, it may be healthier for many people than regular milk. I drink it.

I believe that in the USA, and probably a lot of other countries, extra vitamin D is routinely added to milk, so regular skim milk will not be deficient in it. (If you bought skimmed organic milk, or something like that, it might be a bit low in the vitamin, but not regular supermarket stuff.)

In some countries, vitamin D is not added to non-skim milk, but it is added to skim and semi. In any case, the health advantage of skim milk is that it’s got less fat (which is an advantage only if you’re trying to eat relatively low-fat), and the vitamin D is added to skim milk to compensate for the amount the skimming takes away. Vitamins D and A are more soluble in fat than in water, so the skimming takes off much of them; hence, adding them back.

The amounts will vary by country, but many have regulations on the % of proteins, vitamins and other components milk must have, as well as on the composition of the proteins themselves. For example, in Spain lactose-free milk cannot be labeled “milk” because it meets these standards with regards to everything except the lactose content; it gets labeled as a “dairy product” instead. In other countries, lactose-free milk is labeled “milk”.

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And for the anti-milk crowd …
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A recent review failed to find any benefit to consuming skim milk over whole milk in terms of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic disease:

http://www.springerlink.com/content/1665l525j917h055/?MUD=MP

Below is a summary of the findings from one of the paper’s authors:

It does a body good.

This word has to win some kind of prize.

It refers to the processing of removing the fish from milk, which is why they have to artificially add the Vitamin D back in.

I thought it was the meshy thingy you catch fish with.

Even Google can’t decide what it means, as indicated by a search:

Did you mean:

defishent
deefish
dee fishing
deficient

(oddly enough, clicking on the first suggestion leads to another suggestion of deficient; why it doesn’t directly suggest deficient in the first place I don’t know)

Also, referring to the OP’s question of whether milk is beneficial, does drinking milk (or other food sources of Vitamin D) help Vitamin D deficiency? That is, I always read about how so many people are Vitamin D deficient (or have low levels in their blood), and this suggests that either people don’t get enough Vitamin D from food or it isn’t effectively absorbed (of course, the main source is from sunlight; I haven’t had myself tested, but I’m pretty sure I get more than enough from both food and sunlight).