1. Skim milk was developed for profit, not for health reasons.
Fat is healthy and is actually needed for our body to maintain optimal health. We have been mislead into thinking that fat is not good for us, therefore, fat-free and reduced fat products were created resulting in a huge profits for agribusiness because people are consuming it more thinking it will help decrease their weight and keep them healthier; this is not the case.
When cream is skimmed from milk, the remaining fat-free milk is considered a nearly useless byproduct of obtaining the cream. On the other hand, marketing that wasteful skim milk as being a healthful choice for consumers, and suddenly, you’ve got a serious money-maker on your hands!
2. Powdered milk in skim milk has harmful effects.
Before processing, skim milk has a very unappetizing bluish color, a chalky taste, and watery texture that doesn’t resemble natural milk at all. So, to whiten, thicken, and make it taste a little more normal, powdered milk solids are often mixed into the milk.
During the manufacturing process, liquid milk is forced through tiny holes at very high pressure, which causes the cholesterol in the milk to oxidize and toxic nitrates to form. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, while unoxidized cholesterol from unprocessed foods is actually an antioxidant to help fight inflammation in the body. The proteins found in powdered milk are so denatured that they are unrecognizable by the body and contribute to inflammation.
Shockingly, dairy manufacturers are not required by the FDA to label the powdered milk as a separate ingredient, because it’s still technically just “milk,” the single ingredient found on the list. So, there’s no way to be sure that it is or isn’t in your fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
3. Skim milk contains antibiotics, nasty bodily fluids, and GMOs.
The skim milk you’ll find in most grocery stores is a mass-produced product from animals in factory farms, where the cows are kept in confinement and fed a diet that is completely inappropriate for their species. Because cows are designed to eat grass, when they are fed a diet consisting primarily of corn, as they are in factory farms, they get sick.
And because they get sick, they’re often given antibiotics to keep them alive so they can continue to produce. But because they’re still fighting off infections, things like blood and pus from open sores frequently make their way into the finished product — the milk we see on store shelves. The FDA allows up to 750 million pus cells per liter of milk, to be sold legally.
Also legal, are the injections of recombinant bovine growth hormones, or rBGH, a known carcinogen banned in virtually every industrialized nation in the world, except the United States. The “recombinant” part of the growth hormone means that it was genetically modified from the cow’s natural growth hormones to stimulate increased milk production.
4. Skim milk provides almost no nutritional value.
Whole milk really does do a body good. It has many valuable nutrients in it. In addition to vital minerals like calcium, milk provides vitamins D, A, E, and K. These are fat-soluble vitamins. So even if you were to get a little bit of them in from drinking your fat-free milk, you won’t actually be able to absorb and assimilate them into your body.
But, if you’re not getting milk from a farm that raises cows on green pastures instead of in concentrated animal-feeding factories, your milk won’t have very much of those essential fat-soluble vitamins. Cows get their vitamin E, A, and K from the nutrients they eat in grass, and vitamin D from cruising around in the sunlight all day. Also, because confinement dairy cows are bred for unnaturally high levels of milk production, the vitamin content of the milk is severely diluted, as the cow only transfers a set amount of vitamins to her milk supply.
Skim milk also provides no beneficial enzymes and probiotic microflora which aid in digestion because they were killed off in the pasteurization process.
Chemically–synthesized vitamin D is usually added to skim milk since cows in factory farms are usually confined. Vitamin D3 isn’t the same as the manufactured vitamin D they dump into skim milk — synthetic vitamin D2. A study referenced by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that synthetic vitamin D2 “should no longer be regarded as a nutrient appropriate for supplementation or fortification of foods,” because of how basically worthless it is to your body.
5. Skim milk won’t make or keep you skinny.
Skim milk has traditionally been fed to pigs to help them bulk up for slaughter. They of course would save the good part, the cream, for human consumption. A reduced-fat diet does not result in long-term weight loss and health, but instead leads only to short-term weight loss. This is because healthy fats actually curb your appetite and trigger the production of hormones which tell the brain when you’re full. If you’re not eating fat, you stay constantly hungry, and wind up binging on unhealthy food. Fat-free milk essentially signals to your body that something is missing, which leads to overeating and weight gain.
6. Skim Milk does not help to avoid heart disease.
Fat-free milk is supposed to be “heart healthy” because it lacks the saturated fat and cholesterol that whole milk contains. Dairy had always been consumed in its whole, full-fat form before the industrialization of foods began. And no one had heart disease.
Recent trends show that as we decrease our intake of foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol, heart disease is steadily skyrocketing. Obviously, low-fat diets are not the answer to curbing heart disease.
Keep in mind, processed foods are produced with cheap, shelf-stable industrial oils, as opposed to “real” saturated fat and that contributes to heart disease. Remember, natural is best.
Choosing the healthier milk
There’s no reason to ever buy fat-free milk or fat-free dairy products, or even low-fat ones, because saturated fat is essential to health. Most skim milk is a highly processed food that is usually born of a factory, not a farm, and is not a healthy choice at all.
The best choice is fresh, clean milk from happy cows grazing on the grass of a real farm. Just the way it came from the cow — whole, unprocessed, and with all its nutrients intact, including the fat.