Skim milk is packed with nutrients and does not have the calories and fat of whole milk. Skim milk has several benefits, such as building strong calcium enriched bones and maintaining a healthy weight. Most people believe that skim milk is a watered down version of whole milk and lacks the nutrients of regular milk. However, manufacturers do no add water to milk and skim milk has all the nutrients that traditional milk contains. Below you will learn about the nutrients you can get from a cup of skim milk.
A cup, or 8 oz., of skim milk is packed with 8.7 g of protein, 12.3 g of carbohydrates and 349 mg of calcium. Skim milk also has 419 mg of potassium, only 5 mg of cholesterol, 130 mg of sodium, 80 calories, and 0 g of fat. This combination of nutrients makes skim milk a nutritious drink for people who want to maintain a health body weight.
Whole milk contains fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. Although these vitamins are in the fat of the milk, skim milk is fortified with vitamin A and D during the fat removal process. Riboflavin or vitamin B2 is also found in skim milk. This vitamin usually adds a subtle greenish tint to the milk. Iodine, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, thiamine, selenium, and magnesium are also nutrients found in skim milk, but in small amounts.
Skim milk nutrition is comparable to whole milk without the unwanted calories and fat. Adults looking to get the same nutrients from whole milk and lose weight should try skim milk.