Nutritional Breakdown of Milk Products

Milk Breakdown

Isn't it amazing how many types of milk are available? You can get cow's milk, but if you're lactose intolerant or vegan, you can use soy milk instead. If you're worried about the possible health risks of eating too much soy, you can pick up some rice milk. If you're not into the watery consistency, then there's always almond milk. Basically, you have a lot of options.


Nutritionally speaking, ever wonder how all these types of milk compare? If so then read more

Serving Size = 1 cup Calories Total Fat (g) Saturated Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Carbs (g) Sugars (g) Protein (g)
Skim Milk 90 0 0 less than 5 13 12 8
1% Milk 110 2.5 1.5 15 13 12 8
2% Milk 190 16 2 20 7 3 8
2% Chocolate Milk 170 5 3 20 24 23 8
Whole Milk 150 8 5 35 12 12 8
Half and Half 320 28 16 80 8 8 8
Heavy Cream 800 96 56 320 0 0 0
1% Buttermilk 100 2.5 1.5 15 12 12 8
Plain Soy Milk 130 4 .5 0 13 7 11
Vanilla Soy milk 150 3 0 0 23 15 7
Chocolate Soy Milk 180 4 1 0 28 14 8
Plain Rice Milk 120 2.5 0 0 24 11 1
Vanilla Rice Milk 120 2.5 0 0 23 10 1
Chocolate Rice Milk 160 3 0 0 34 28 2
Almond Milk 90 2.5 0 0 16 14 1

Well there you have it. If you're watching your calorie intake, skim milk or almond milk are definitely the way to go. If you're trying to lower your cholesterol, I'd stick with cholesterol-free soy, rice, or almond milk. If you're trying to get more protein in your diet, than surprisingly enough, plain soy milk is the best choice. When choosing which one, it all comes down to your dietary or ethical preference, but I'd only use heavy cream in small quantities.

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