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1% fat milk

On Mon, 7 Jul 1997, Tal wrote:
> >> I was wondering if you could expand a little bit on how you know or think
> >> that 1% fat milk has more than that. 

> >When you see "X% fat" on a label, don't believe it!  Manufacturers
> >measure by weight, NOT fat content.  Hence for 8 ounces:
> >1% milk = 27% fat
> >3 grams of fat, 100 calories
> >skim milk = trace 
> >trace of fat, 80 calories

I think the confusion comes from not specifying what the percentage is.  
1% milk is 1% of weight is fat, 27% of calories are from fat. 
It's not that you shouldn't believe the label--it's absolutely true.  You 
just have to know what it means.  Almost everything labeled with fat 
percent in the food world is labeled this way (98% fatfree!!).

So 1% milk doesn't fit into the Ornish plan (or in recipes on this list) 
but it is a good stepping stone for people used to drinking 2%.  My dad 
is down to 1% now, but he thinks skim milk looks blue.  Of course, since 
he drank whole milk as a child, 2% was a big step for him.  I can't even 
look at whole milk and contemplate drinking it--it looks like heavy cream 
to me.  Yuk.

Susan Lehman
UNC-Chapel Hill