Ok, this was going to be one of those innocuous Facebook posts, but then I decided to dedicate a modicum of net-poking to this… and fell down a rabbit hole of breath-takingly esoteric information.
First, the original post:
I will spare you the info I found regarding German dairy farming and the non-Fair Trade issues regarding the industry, and exactly what constitutes “Fresh Milk” and “Bio/Organic.” Suffice it to say everyone thinks they’re getting ripped off, and that everyone else is to blame. Start reading here if you’re really interested in German milk production, or here if you care about farming…
I began wondering what the caloric differences between the two types of milk might be, and what the long-term ramifications are. Karen and I believe strongly that Low Fat milk SUCKS. We assumed that there’s little point in drinking it, because the nutritional advantage is negligible, but the taste delta is huge. Larry Krug, my friend and former trainer/nutritionist, told me that ultimately it makes no difference. As the milk fat goes down, the lactose rises (in proportion) and the body simply turns that into fat anyway…
…but I have love handles now, and want a quick fix to my weight issue. Switching milk seems the perfectly consumerist solution to me. A decrease in the quality of life MUST somehow mean it’s good for me, right?
Right, I use about 150 ml per cup of frothy-milky coffee, and I have at least four home-made Lattés a day.
So, extrapolating from the label info on the cartons, which are now sitting on my desk and rapidly approaching room temperature, this means (Normal vs. Skim):
Fat – 5.70 g – 2.25 g
Carbs – 7.2 g – 7.35 g
Protein – 4.95 g – 4.95 g
Calories – 100 – 70
No surprises, just as Larry said. The fatter milk has more fat (duh!) but the low fat stuff actually has slightly more sugar. They have the same amount of protein, but there is a notable caloric difference.
I don’t know how to create a nice comparative table for this blog, so follow me: When I multiply the 30 calorie difference times four, and then times 365, I calculate a calorie delta of 43,800. Considering that my daily caloric need (assuming I work out) is 2,600, this little analysis means my coffee habit is delivering 16 days worth of burnable fuel directly to my fat ass every year. But I don’t work out every day, and I have milk on cereal as well… and there’s cheese, and yogurt, and pancakes, and left-over Greek food…
Bummer, looks like I’m going to do what the Walrus suggested, and switch to Espresso.
I am NOT googling wine. I DON’T want to know…