I might draw some ire for this one, but I really don't see the point in drinking skim milk.
I know some people prefer skim milk, as (1) fat is EVIL (skim is less than 0.5% fat) and (2) calories are TO BE AVOIDED (whole, 1% and 2% have more calories than skim because they contain fat), but to me it is joyless, soulless, and comparable to non-alcoholic beer. Seriously, what's the point?
Whole = 146 calories, 8g fat, 8g protein
2%= 122 calories, 4.2g fat, 8g protein
1%= 102 calories, 2.4g fat, 8g protein
Skim= 83 calories, .2g fat, 8g protein
I'd rather risk those 63 calories and drink some of the most delicious, wonderful, natural products on this green earth than drink some over-processed joyless crap. I mean, my milk comes from cows that I could go meet. They are milked once a day, get to eat lots of grass, and are fed very little grain. They aren't given antibiotics (unless they get sick, which is rare) and they aren't given hormones ever.
I would rather drink those 63 calories in butterfat (which contains some healthy unsaturated fats as well as unhealthy saturated fats) rather than rationalize getting those 63 calories from something else that might be harmful (i.e. all the unnatural, processed crap that is pumped full of Nutrients! and Minerals! and Health! to suit the science and fads of the time).
Worse, though, are the people who are not lactose intolerant/sensitive (sorry guys) can't ever imagine drinking regular milk, but love soy milk, rice milk, or nut milks. Seriously? I don't understand why milk from a cow, goat, or sheep is so bad in their eyes. Sure, I've tried them, but they just aren't as refreshing (to me) as a nice cold glass of milk and a dish of strawberries or peaches.
Don't tsk me when I order my hot chocolate with whole milk. Don't think my ass got fat from drinking milk. It's part of me getting my health back. I rarely drink soda, I rarely drink fruit juices that don't involve eating the flesh as well. I don't drink coffee. Let me have my milk.
You might ask, FGvW, what brought this on? Well I was at Whole Foods and had the pleasure of meeting Warren Taylor of Snowville Creamery. He's like me, or rather, I'm like him. He believes that industrialization has ruined the beauty and natural goodness of milk, and that deconstructing that process can restore milk to its former glory as an integral part of our diets. His milk tastes just like the milk I get from Clear Spring Creamery at the farmer's market: fresh, pure, and delicious.
Just give milk a second chance, please? For me?