1 Percent Milk Versus 2 Percent Milk

Here is a quick compare between 1 percent and 2 percent milk.

1 Percent Milk

1 percent milk is milk with a fat content of 1% by weight. It is also referred to as "low-fat milk". It is produced from whole milk via a separation process that separates out the cream and the skim portions and then recombines them to yield a product with the desired fat content. Homogenization is employed to break the fat globules into a smaller, more uniform size so the cream (fat) remains evenly suspended in the milk.



2 Percent Milk

2 percent milk is milk with a fat content of 2% by weight. It is also referred to as "reduced fat milk". It is subjected to the same separation and homogenization process used to produce 1 percent milk.

Nutritional Differences

A 1 cup serving of 1% milk has about 100 calories and 2.5g of fat. The same size serving of 2% milk has 120 calories and 4.5g of fat. Both types of milk are good sources of calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin D. Because of its lower fat and calorie content, most nutritionists recommend 1% milk over 2% milk.