Does skim milk provide the same vitamins and minerals as whole milk?
Yes, skim or nonfat milk has the same nutritional value as whole milk — with no fat. Since the fat portion of whole milk does not contain calcium, you can lose the fat without losing any calcium.
Reduced-fat (2%), low-fat (1%), and nonfat milk have vitamin A and vitamin D added, since these vitamins are lost when the fat is removed.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children 2 years of age and older drink low-fat or nonfat milk.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: July 2013
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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