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Switch from Whole Milk to Low-Fat Milk

Did you know that a cup of whole milk (or full-fat milk) has the same amount of saturated fat as 5 slices of bacon?

According to the Prevention Institute, whole milk and 2% milk are the main sources of saturated fat in children and also contributes significantly to saturated fat intake in adults. (Read the paper.)

Health experts recommend limiting your saturated fat intake to no more than 10% of your total calories.

NOTE: Most pediatricians recommend that children between 12 months and 24 months drink whole milk. The information in this article does not apply to children under two.

How to Make the Change

The main habit to change this month is what kind of milk you buy at the grocery store:

green arrow for changeBuy 1% or skim milk to avoid saturated fat.

If your family has a hard time making the leap from whole milk to skim milk, consider stepping it down over three weeks:

  • Week 1: Buy 2% Milk
  • Week 2: Buy 1% Milk
  • Week 3: Buy Skim Milk

Take it to the Next Level

If you are already drinking low-fat or skim milk, consider these additional changes:

  • Goat Milk: From Heidi to Blue Zones, you’ve heard that goat’s milk is good for you. Consider drinking goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk – especially if you have lactose intolerance or other allergies to cow’s milk.
  • Soy Milk: Soy milk is a great alternative to milk from animals. Research shows that long-term consumption of soy products (including soy milk) can prevent certain diseases.
  • Almond Milk: Almond milk is another great alternative to cow’s milk. Learn more about almond milk and get a great smoothie recipe:

Sponsor of the Month

This month Quillin’s is donating a month’s supply of low-fat milk* to five lucky families. Quillin’s is dedicated to making your shopping experience as convenient, informed, and fun as possible.

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*Four gallons of skim or 1% milk.

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