Half and Half vs. Skim Milk: The Great Dairy Throwdown
“Dude, you have to try this?”
“Drinking straight half and half.”
Now, John is from Kansas. While grateful for the sterling work that state has done protecting the rest of us from Missouri, the strange and frightening folkways of its people gave me pause.
Or he was messing with me.
“Isn’t it bitter or something?”
“No, man, smooth as silk and tastes awesome!”
So, I tried some. Behold! It not only tasted like buttery happiness; it was really filling and satisfying.
Here’s the breakdown from the FDA:
One Cup of Half and Half: 7g Protein, 10g Carbohydrates (0g Sugar), and 28g Fat.
One Cup of Non-Fat Milk: 8g Protein, 12g Carbohydrates (12g Sugar), and 0g Fat.
So, half and half has slightly fewer grams of protein, slightly fewer overall carbs, way less sugar, and way more fat. For a negligible sacrifice in protein, you get carbs that aren’t jumping up and down on your insulin levels, plenty of fat to aid satiety and keep you going, and you get to drink something that tastes like the Platonic Ideal of Milk. This is a perfect Eat Steak Lose Weight food. You simply grab a different bottle at the grocery store, and instead of “sacrificing” anything, you get to drink something that tastes a whole lot better.
Winner: Half and Half
P.S. I can’t really drink more than a few swigs because it is so rich, and I also can’t drink more than a few swigs of non-fat milk because it is a tasteless opaque white liquid, so I don’t think I’d actually make it to a full cup in either case.
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