Is Skimmed Milk Healthier than Full-Fat Milk?

  • On 24th May 2018
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Why is skimmed milk healthier than full-fat?

Skimmed milk is a low calorie and virtually fat free alternative to full fat milk. It’s widely considered to be one of the healthiest milk options as it has around half the calories of full fat.

How is skimmed milk made?

A centrifuge separator (essentially a container which spins liquid rapidly) is used to separate the cream from the raw milk. As the liquids have different densities the cream floats to the top and is then ‘skimmed’ off the surface to be used in other dairy products like butter and cheese while the denser, and now, lower fat milk is left behind.

The best thing about skimmed milk is that even though the majority of the fat has been skimmed off it doesn’t lose the dairy goodness. Skimmed milk provides the same quantity of essential nutrients as full-fat milk.

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Why is skimmed milk healthier than full-fat?

Let’s start by looking at the average fat content of milk in the UK market.

Full-fat milk: 3.5%- 4% fat
Semi-Skimmed Milk: 2.5% fat
Skimmed Milk: 0.1% fat


It’s a lower cholesterol alternative to full-fat milk

Skimmed milk contains less than 0.1g of fat in the average 12oz cappuccino. Consuming too much saturated fat can be bad for your health. Therefore skimmed milk is an ideal alternative for those with high cholesterol who are at risk from heart disease. The NHS recommends that if your GP has advised you to change your diet to reduce your blood cholesterol, the most important thing to do is to cut down on saturated fat.


Skimmed milk is high in calcium.

Calcium is essential for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Milk is one of the best sources of calcium and nutritionally skimmed milk contains more calcium per serving than full-fat or semi-skimmed. In fact one glass of Milfresh Gold contains the equivalent amount of calcium found in 12 cups of spinach!


Skimmed milk is lower in calories

The average glass of full fat milk contains 150 calories. Compare that to a glass of skimmed milk which only contains 80. It’s an easy choice for anyone actively trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.

If you look at what that equates to in your average cappuccino, a Pour Moi 12oz cappuccino made with Milfresh Gold, contains 52 calories. If you made the same drink with full-fat milk it would be approximately 120 calories.


Skimmed milk is high in protein

Skimmed milk contains the essential amino acids which are crucial for muscle growth and development. Casein and whey are both found in skimmed milk, these proteins are beneficial to build and repair muscle, as well as maintain muscle function. If you’re into fitness you’ll know that whey is one of the best and most cost effective sources of protein available. Full-fat milk is not homogenized so the quantity of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) can vary during the year.


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Skimmed milk can foam better than whole milk

That’s right, skimmed milk delivers a longer lasting foam head than full-fat milk because fat is heavy which means that a full fat milk cappuccino won’t maintain that luscious foam for long. In addition, quality skimmed milk granules such as Milfresh come from co-operative dairy farms and are low heat dried to ensure perfect consistency every cup, every week, every month.


Skimmed milk is better for coffee machines

Bean to Cup machines that use fresh milk face two issues.   Firstly they tend to experience lots of breakdowns as a result of fresh milk clogging pipes.  Secondly, where to store fresh milk?  An average bean to cup fridge holds around 4 litres of milk and needs filling up typically every 20 Cappuccinos.  4 litres of Milfresh Superior Granulated Skimmed Milk would make over 300 Cappuccinos.


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