“Mooove” to Low-Fat or Fat-Free Milk

Foods we eat on a regular basis can affect our health.  When we eat a diet high in saturated fat, it increases our chances of getting heart disease, diabetes, and cancer or of having a stroke.  It also makes us more likely to be overweight.

There’s one simple thing you can do to have a healthier diet: choose low-fat (1%) or fat-free (skim) milk.  They taste great and have the same good nutrition as higher fat milks with less fat!

When you “mooove” to low-fat or fat-free milk, you decrease saturated fat.  This is the type of fat that increases your chance of having heart disease.  Heart disease kills more men and women in this country than any other disease!

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that we keep our intake of saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol low.

Choosing low-fat or fat-free milk is a great way to meet this goal.  Also, “moooving” to low-fat or fat-free milk can help you maintain a healthy body weight—another guideline that is critical for good health.

Milk gives us important nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. Vitamin D occurs naturally in only a few foods, but has been fortified (added) to most milk in the U.S.   One cup of milk contains about 30% of the recommended Daily Value of calcium and Vitamin D.

Most people can’t tell the difference between low-fat and reduced-fat (2%) milk, or between 2% and whole milk!  In fact, many people who try fat-free milk enjoy its light, refreshing taste.  Why not make a “mooove” to better health today?

Source: University of Illinois at Chicago