Nutritional information: Milk

January 25, 2011

Sales of whole milk in the United States made up about 70 percent of the market in the mid-1970s but have dropped dramatically since, while the sales of skim and 2 percent have risen. The most recent sales figures show:

- 2 percent at 40 percent of the market

- whole milk at 30 percent

- skim milk at 16 percent

- 1 percent milk at 14 percent

Note: Figures are from 2009, the last year for which data are available.

SOURCE: National Dairy Council; U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service;

Nutritional information

No matter how much fat is in store-bought, conventionally farmed milk, one cup of it delivers roughly 30 percent of your daily calcium requirement, about a quarter of your Vitamin D and 8 grams of protein. But the calories and saturated fat contents vary:

Whole (3.25 percent milk fat)

146 calories per cup

5 grams saturated fat

Reduced fat (2 percent milk fat)

122 calories per cup

3 grams saturated fat Low fat (1 percent milk fat)

102 calories per cup

2 grams saturated fat

Nonfat/skim (less than 0.5 percent milk fat)

86 calories per cup

0 grams saturated fat

SOURCE: Self Nutrition Data

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