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Milk 101

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008

Milk is an important part of a well-balanced diet, containing nine essential nutrients and high-quality protein, regardless of the fat and calorie content.

Whole Milk
Whole milk has a rich, creamy taste. It contains on average 3.25 percent fat, 150 calories, and 8 grams of fat per serving. Unlike reduced-fat varieties, whole milk is not required to be fortified with vitamin D, so be sure to check the nutritional information.

2 Percent Reduced-Fat Milk
Two percent milk contains 2 percent fat, 120 calories, and 5 grams of fat per serving. Vitamins A and D are removed with the milk fat, but must be readded so that the milk contains at least 2,000 IU of vitamin A, and 400 IU of vitamin D per quart -- these vitamins are required for 1 percent and skim milk, as well.

1 Percent Low fat Milk
One percent milk is also called light milk. It contains 1 percent fat, 100 calories, and 2.5 grams of fat per 8 fluid ounces.

Skim Milk
Skim milk is also referred to as fat-free or nonfat milk. It must contain less than .5 percent milk fat by weight; it has 80 calories and 0 grams of fat per serving. Skim deluxe or skim supreme has the look and feel of 2 percent milk without the extra fat and calories.

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Comments (3)

  • 21 Jun, 2008

    what's whole milk?

  • 8 Feb, 2008

    its interesting to see that in the time i have to watch your show (due to ms) you have decided to concentrate on people who will not close the refrigerater door. i wish that i had a condition that was totally under my control.

  • 8 Feb, 2008

    i would like say that this will help me out much more now,on drinking better i have a question on buttermilk.what is the difference in buttermilk and swiss merengin butter cream,buttermilk???? I am making your valentine's day regular buttermilk ok to use.I could not find the swiss buttermilk you talk about in your recipe.