A quick comparison of milk nutrition labels (per 8 ounce serving) shows that it really does:
- Whole Milk – 150 Calories – 8g Fat
- 2% Milk – 120 Calories – 4.5g Fat
- 1% Milk – 100 Calories – 2.5g Fat
- Skim Milk – 80 Calories – 0g Fat
So if your 5 year old goes from Whole Milk to 1% Milk and typically drinks 3 cups of milk a day, he would save 150 calories a day. Although that doesn’t sound like much, since you gain about a pound for every 3500 calories you consume, those extra 150 calories might cost you an extra pound in body weight every 3 weeks or so (150 calories/day x 23 days = 3450 calories = 1 pound).
An early switch to low fat milk also helps to ensure healthy habits for the rest of your child’s life, as he will be more likely to continue to drink low fat milk as a teen and adult, instead of higher fat and calorie Whole Milk.
Remember that soy milk and rice milk is typically low fat, so would also be a good choice once your child is 2 years old, especially if he is allergic to cow’s milk or has a lactose intolerance.
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