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Calories In A Glass Of Milk - Count Your Calories For Healthy Living

Milk has many times been touted as the ‘complete food’. Indeed, milk is wholesome and has many of the nutrients that the body requires sorely. However, it is sad that many of the people, who want to lose weight, avoid milk thinking that it’s fattening.

It is true that milk has a lot of cream, but just like you take the non-fat version of fattening food products, there is skimmed milk, which is completely devoid of cream. A pint of skimmed milk will actually contain much less calories than your average sandwich.

Calcium - Excellent Fat Fighter

By avoiding milk, your daily calorie count doesn’t really take a plunge. However, you might definitely miss out on calcium that is an important bone building material and is also required for maintaining healthy hair. That is not all. Studies have shown that calcium is an excellent fat fighter and a healthy person having a glass of milk every day can reduce about 6 pounds a year without any exercise or special diets.

Low fat dairy products have been studied extensively and have found to be natural fat reducers. A special low calorie diet that includes a pint of milk everyday can help you lose up to 10% of your body weight. When you are dieting however, make sure that you consume only skimmed or semi skimmed milk and milk products.

Apart from weight loss, milk has been found to be useful for those who suffer from insomnia. Calcium is known to be a natural tranquilizer and a glassful of milk at night ensures sound sleep. The tryptophan found in milk also has soothing properties and helps you to relax and fall asleep. Creams are a different ball game altogether.

Creams have concentrated amounts of calories and it is recommended that you completely avoid cream when you are dieting. Fresh cream contains more calories than cream which has been stored for a while. Today there are a variety of creams available in the market and some even claim to have found a low fat cream. It is however wise to first go through the nutrition labels of such food products to determine whether they are natural or synthetic.

Also pay close attention to the number of calories. If cream is not all that important to you, it is better that you avoid it. Here is a quick look at some of the varieties of milk and milk products. The calorie content has been calculated per 100 ml.

 Dried skimmed milk 360 0.6g
 Condensed Milk whole 320 9.5g
 Evaporated milk whole 155 9g
 Sheep’s milk 99 6g
 Whole milk full fat 66 3.9g
 Goats milk 62 3.5g
 Semi-skimmed 47 1.6g
 Soya milk 35 2g
 Milk skimmed (pasteurised) 34 0.1g

 Creams ( Pasteurized)          
 Clotted cream 590 62g 
 Double cream 450 49g
 Cheese Calories 400 36g
 Whipping cream 370 40g
 Soured cream 209 20g
 Single cream 200 19g
 Half cream fresh 150 13g

Submitted on January 16, 2014