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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

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.

Lilybeth84 Lilybeth84 9 years
I wish starbucks would use rice or almond milk too. I hate soy milk in coffee! Haven't tried hemp milk because its too expensive
BremtwoodBabe00 BremtwoodBabe00 9 years
Uggh! I used to get the worst bloating feeling after drinking my soy latte and I finally realized that my body just doesn't digest soy properly!
HipMom HipMom 9 years
Advah and all those who like me are intolerant to dairy products - check out "Recipes for Dairy-Free Living", it's an AWESOME dairy-free cookbook! Really delicious stuff, every single thing I've made from it was totally fabulous - got lots of compliments from guests :-) I also have "The Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook" for everyday-type stuff and it's pretty good, though I haven't tried a lot from it yet.
Advah Advah 9 years
I recently found out I was lactose intolerant; although I never really liked milk it's sometimes really difficult to cook generic meals without it so I used soya milk a couple of times. I can't say I like the taste though, might give almond milk a try!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
whole milk for me.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
whoa yah julibul i just noticed that too all the 2% milk ive ever known has about 130 calories/cup and prettyeyes518, my fam only drinks "organic meadow" milk because ordinary factory farms do feed cows hormones etc (i don't know about the replacing fat thing) and i've heard rumours about how the constant milking chafes the cows udders and pus ends up in the milk (eww). organic meadow treats their cows humanely, which i think is reason enough to go organic.
julibul julibul 9 years
how is 2% milk MORE calories than whole milk!?
HushYuppie HushYuppie 9 years
I'm bummed that almond milk has such a small amt. of protein. :-( Sounds counterintuitive, no? Also, THAT much fat in heavy cream? bananas! I'm never going never homemade sweets again!
cheersdahlin cheersdahlin 9 years
yup starbucks will make you any drink with milk you bring in. and the nutritionals on the heavy cream frighten me. one time ( as a barista ) I had someone come in and order a mocha with heavy whipping cream. they said they were on the atkins diet so it was " okay" thats 20oz of heavy whipping cream, chocolate and espresso..... dangggg
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I usually just drink plain ol' skim milk, but I do like the taste of rice milk ok. I had no idea heavy cream had so many calories in it...holy COW. No wonder all of those recipes on Food Network have a bazillion calories in them...lots of them call for heavy cream. Even though they always say "don't substitute milk for the heavy cream", I do it all the time in soups and stuff and have never had any problems. The only time I can think of that you couldn't substitute would be if you were making whipped cream.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 9 years
Dairy products have always made me physically ill (sinus and stomach problems). Since I went vegan, I use silk soy milk, sometimes rice milk and sometimes almond milk. But love silk the best. I have tried hemp milk and it was totally gross!! I can't even compare anything to how bad it tasted. As far as starbucks.. you can bring your own milk in and they will fix a drink for you with it. The one by me does anyway. I order soy myself, but my brother brings in almond milk and they always fix his drinks with it.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
aw, and there's no place for my milk on there. i drink only semi-skimmed :)
ilovecandyfloss ilovecandyfloss 9 years
Rice milk is awesome, almond milk not so much.... I wish my local coffee place used rice milk, but I think it doesn't froth up properly and that's why they don't use it...
prettyeyes518 prettyeyes518 9 years
I read in an article that organic whole milk is prob the best choice because they add all these hormones and animal fat in skim milk to compensate for the natural fat lost. Anyone know anything about that?
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
Just make sure you buy enriched soymilk, ricemilk, almond milk, whatever and it has the same if not more calcium than dairy milk.
sarasonne sarasonne 9 years
I go for the Chocolate Soy Milk. Other than that, I'm all cow's milk.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
what? no calcium comperison? my fave milk is definitely silk vanilla soy milk yummm
haze1nut haze1nut 9 years
FIIIIIIIIITT!!!! you forgot to consider calcium content! would it be too hard to put that up?? i drink milk partly to get my calcium content. I also just bought two big things of fiber enriched and omega3s enriched Silk soy milk. and I just got Unsweetened almond milk..i'm planning on mixing the almond milk with egg beaters to make a fluffy omelette :)
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I can only have rice milk on rice crispies! I tend to stay away from dairy products as a rule. =)
marygrace marygrace 9 years
it should be mentioned that light soymilk is much less caloric and more comparable to skim milk. silk light for example only had 70 calories for serving, and isn't as thick and creamy as a lot of soymilks, which people might prefer if they are used to drinking skim.
love_mimsx3 love_mimsx3 9 years
i'm all about cow milk! nothing can replace it as far as i am concerned! soy milk is okay...but i'd much rather have real milk! and since i have a minor allergy to almonds...i dont think drinking almond milk every morning would be a good idea even though it sounds tempting! and how is it that 2% has less calories than whole milk??
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
cool thanks ladies for the almond milk info - I will definitely pick some up at WF.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
When I use to live on the farm, I use to drink goat's milk and butter milk. I have recently started with Soy milk.
juliataylor juliataylor 9 years
I absolutely love Almond milk! You can get it unflavored and it has only 45 calories for one cup or if it's flavored it's 90 calories per cup. It doesn't even taste like almonds really to me. It's delish. I highly recommend it.
rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
I either drink skim or 1% milk...but after reading the posts i'm gettin the chocolate almond milk next time :)
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