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Is Low-Fat and Skimmed Milk Healthy?

Nadia Galinova
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Nadia Galinova
Low fat and skimmed milk

It has been debated for decades whether people should consume whole or skimmed milk. In almost all cases, this depends on the individual needs of the human body, but it is good to understand what exactly is skimmed milk.

Skimmed or low-fat milk partially or completely removes fat, as a result of which it has a thinner and slightly bluish appearance. Its nutritional value is much more limited than whole milk.

When milk is completely skimmed, it also loses vitamin A, which is extremely important for our body. To be sure that we get enough from other foods, we need to know the needs of our own body.

Lack of vitamin A can lead to impaired vision and is the most common cause of so-called blindness. Vitamin A deficiency often leads to skin problems and in children vitamin A deficiency can even slow down their growth.

The general opinion is that the daily requirement of most adults for vitamin A is about 1.5 mg of pure vitamin, for pregnant women - about 2 mg and for nursing mothers - about 2.5 mg. From what has been said so far, it is clear that low-fat milk is not recommended for children, pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Drinking milk

On the other hand, low-fat and skimmed milk are extremely suitable for diets, with an emphasis on low fat intake. In this case, it is not just about diets aimed at reducing weight, but also about diets that are necessary in the treatment of many diseases.

Low-fat and skimmed milk is recommended for atherosclerosis, biliary-liver diseases, diseases of the pancreas, ulcers, obesity, chronic entreocolitis with fatty dyspepsia, chronic gastritis with low acidity and others.

Skimmed or low-fat milk also has a diuretic effect and is often used for various edematous conditions. It also has a mild laxative effect and is suitable for the prevention of chronic constipation.

From all that has been said so far, low-fat or skimmed milk can be good for some people and harmful for others, so be careful with its consumption.