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.