Most dieters opt for skim milk because of the belief that it is better for you when trying to lose weight, but how many calories are really in skim milk and is it the better choice?
In one cup of skim milk there are 90 calories and less than one gram of fat. There are also 12 grams of carbohydrates, of which all are sugars. Skim milk contains a lot of sugar, which makes it high in calories and carbs. It contains more sugar than whole milk or reduced fat cows milk varieties and is not always recommended to those who have insulin issues or suffer from diabetes.
While one cup, or eight ounces of skim milk runs about 90 calories, one ounce of skim milk contains about 11 calories. If you are trying to keep your calorie consumption low, it is important to know exactly how many calories you are putting into your body. A quick measurement of your milk will help you keep track of how many calories are being consumed.
Skim milk contains a healthy dose of potassium and calcium. In one 8-ounce glass of skim milk there are 317 mg of calcium and 420 mg of potassium. Skim milk also contains a lot of protein per glass. Just one glass of skim milk yields about 9 grams of protein. Be sure to leave out the chocolate syrup if you are keeping your calories low.
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