Does Nonfat Milk Provide the Same Nutrients as Whole Milk?

Does nonfat milk provide the same vitamins and minerals as whole milk?
Jayne

Yes, nonfat milk (also called skim milk and fat-free milk) provides the same vitamins and minerals as whole milk — with no fat. Because 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. Natural levels of vitamin D are low, so most milk producers add vitamin D to whole milk. Check the nutrition facts label to learn more about vitamins and minerals in milk.

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