I’m curious if you know why the New York City Department of Health’s recent campaign about [weight gain from drinking] soda and sugar sweetened beverages encourages people to drink low fat milk instead of skim milk.
— Kate Bauer
Since I was not involved in the creation of the campaign, I don’t know the answer, but I theorize that it relates to the recent trend to embrace a small amount of fat (in beverages) as a way to enhance satiety.
The calorie and saturated fat difference between low-fat and skim milk is negligible.
In fact, if the extent of someone’s milk consumption is a quarter cup in their morning coffee, I don’t have an issue with the use of full-fat milk.
A quarter cup of whole milk only provides 37 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat.
Recommendations to switch to low-fat or fat-free milk are only useful when a person’s milk consumption is high or in situations where a beverage contains a significant amount of milk (ie: a 24-ounce latte or smoothie).
In most situations, I find it more effective for people to focus more on what they are eating along with their morning coffee than the type of milk they use.