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    Which milk is the most nutritious, full cream, low fat or skim?

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    Often people say they have full cream milk because it is most nutritious, why?
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    Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a private practice on the Gold Coast. He has an interest in helping people make positive lifestyle changes … View Profile

    Full fat cow's milk is recommended for children under the age of two (2) years.  After this age, it is recommended to consume fat reduced varieties of dairy products.  Fortunately, the non-fat component of milk is highly nutritious.  It is where calcium and other minerals are found.  The fat component is where some vitamin D is found, but also saturated fats which can increase our risk of heart and other diseases.   

  • Elizabeth Newsham-West is committed to optimising the health and well-being of people across all ages within the Mount Tamborine community.  She works as a domicillary … View Profile

    I agree with Peter.

    However I hear this comment so often. Both milks are nutritious It depends on your nutritional needs. Low fat milk can have more protein and calcium in than whole milk, and less saturated fat which may be helpful depending on your nutritional goals.

    The fat in milk is being shown by research to be better than fat from some other animal and processed foods so if you are a healthy body weight whole milk is fine. Something that is said frequently which is quite misleading is low fat milk has sugar added. if you look at the ingredient list this is untrue for plain milk. When flavours are added to low fat or full cream milk or dairy products sugar will be added.

    Sometimes the nutrition information panel will have sugar which is the lactose that is the natural occurring carbohydrate in both full fat and low fat milk.

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    Hi I’m Kirsty Woods,I would like to use my experience, expertise and passion to help you reach your weight, energy and health goalsI have been … View Profile

    Here is some recent research from WA that you may find of interest

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