How much fat is really in milk?

How much fat is really in milk?

People in Western countries often get far too much of the wrong kinds of fats. Animal fats and fried foods are everywhere. Sometimes manufacturers hide the actual amount of fat in packaged foods by listing only the fat content by weight. So whole milk, for example, is only 3.3 percent fat. But the fact is, milk is mostly water. Of the actual nutrients in milk, some is sugar, some is protein, and quit a lot is fat. So nutritionists prefer to list how much fat is in a food as a percentage of its calories. In this way, whole milk is actually 49 percent fat. In the same way, milk that is 2 percent fat by weight is actually about 35 percent fat as a percentage of calories, not as a percentage of weight.

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