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Two Percent Milk is NOT Low Fat

Posted by Julie M.

Recently the fact that Starbucks switched from whole milk to 2 percent milk in its espresso drinks made news. And many of us reach for the 2 percent when we’re trying to lower the fat content in our diet yet can’t stand the taste of nonfat or “skim” milk. But 2 percent milk has only one-third less fat than whole milk! If you’re truly interested in low-fat milk and other dairy foods, go for the 1 percent or nonfat. I personally can’t stand to drink milk at all but it's okay in my cappuccino or bowl of granola, and nonfat milk in combination with other foods isn’t bad. And be careful about all of those blended coffee drinks, hot and cold, at Starbucks and other retailers. A grande white chocolate mocha, even with 2 percent milk, adds up to 400 calories and 11 grams of fat. Try an iced latte with nonfat milk and cinnamon sprinkled on top. Yum!
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  • Whole milk (1 cup): 150 calories, 70 calories from fat (about 47 percent of the calories are from fat).
  • Two-percent milk (1 cup): 120 to 130 calories, 45 calories from fat (about 35 percent of the calories are from fat).
  • One percent (low-fat) milk (1 cup): 90 to 100 calories, 20 calories from fat (about 20 percent of the calories are from fat).
  • Skim (non-fat) milk (1 cup): 80 calories, 0 calories from fat.

2% Milk is the 'average' Drinking milk range. Whole milk is an indulgance really. 2% milk, which is actually 35% milk-fat, is fine to drink on a regular basis, as well as 1%, as well as encouraged in women and aging and developing for the calcium (a serving is 15%-20%). A serving of "Fat"

Consists of 5g, so technically, 2% at it's usual 3.5-4.7g of fat is 'lower fat'.

What is contributing to that 400 calorie figurein your grande white chocolate,as I'm a barista myself in a different coffee house is the white chocolate syrup, which is 100 calories for 1oz of syrup. A full glass of milk, as listed is only at most 130 calories in 2%. Starbucks also makes their own whip cream at 110 calories, with syrup and sugar another 100 calories...2% milk isn't exactly the culprit. An Iced Nonfat Latte is only 90 calories because it's milk and espresso... A venti? (Is that the large?) would have 8oz of milk-- that's your calories right there. And unfortunatley, I do believe, less calcium.

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