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If you add water to full fat milk, does that give you semi-skimmed milk?

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RomySchneider Thu 20-Nov-08 08:25:49

Am I thinking wrongly when I think that simply watering down full-fat milk (I might add 25% water to fill the bottle back up, once I have used the first 25%), gives me some kind of semi-skimmed milk?

Of course it can save you a few pennies in the times of credit crunch.
But I mainly do it to save calories as I prefer semi-skimmed but my partner insists on full-fat - buying both I find a bit unpractical.

Thanks for your comments.

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akhems Thu 20-Nov-08 08:31:07

well I've done it, and yes it does taste very like semi skimmed after, although I prefer fat milk, lol

chopchopbusybusy Thu 20-Nov-08 08:33:17

Well, watering it down will save you a bit of money and will be lower in calories, but it's not semi skimmed milk. The calcium content for example, is higher in semi and skimmed milk than in full fat. I buy both. Milk usually keeps for at least a week.

christiana Thu 20-Nov-08 08:33:17

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WowOoo Thu 20-Nov-08 08:42:11

Oh bugger. I'd always thought that calcium levels were higher in full fat. Am SURE i read somewhere that more vitamins in full fat. Guess I imagined it....!

Do they only rec this for babies and children for fat content then?

Will start buying both and will attempt to work out info on the labels.

MrsBadger Thu 20-Nov-08 08:43:56

nutritionally it'd be better to buy semi-skimmed and add cream to dh's - you need the calcium now to reduce your risk of osetoporosis later in life

but milk keeps for ages - buy small quantities if you don;t use much.

MrsBadger Thu 20-Nov-08 08:45:33

More vitamins in full fat, not more calcium

because the vitamins are dissolved in the fatty bits of the milk, not the watery bits, iyswim. So if you skim off the cream you skim off a lot of the vitamins.

Calcium is dissolved in the watery bits of the milk so you don;t lose it when skimming.

christiana Thu 20-Nov-08 08:46:56

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WowOoo Thu 20-Nov-08 08:49:34

You can freeze it too. I do this for when I know I'll be away/ too busy to shop whatever.

But, that's going to destroy vits ? and it also takes a day to defrost 4 pints.

Romy, thanks for this thread. Enlightening. I know I must get used to watery semi skimmed again.

WowOoo Thu 20-Nov-08 08:52:52

So only slightly less calcium, that's not a drastic difference.

Am assuming that all the vit b won't be too different.

But LOADS more fat. On dh and I wobbly bellies...

RomySchneider Thu 20-Nov-08 10:26:26

I think I go with chopchop, if the calcium content and protein is higher in semi-skimmed milk, I will buy that from now on and get some extra full-fat for my partner.

What should one give to children? Semi-skimmed seems the better option, doesn't it?

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christiana Thu 20-Nov-08 10:39:31

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MrsBadger Thu 20-Nov-08 10:50:25

under 5 they need full fat

afte rthat they can have semi

LurkerOfTheUniverse Thu 20-Nov-08 10:53:56

I used to work in a diary, this is how it was done then

Semi-skimmed is made from full fat & skimmed milk, therefore not diuting any nutrients

Skimmed milk is actually a waste product

Malkuth Thu 20-Nov-08 11:01:07

From 2 they can have semi-skimmed and after 5 they can have skimmed as long as they are having a good, varied diet here. Do make sure they are getting plenty of healthy fats, ie. avocado, olive oil, cheese, oily fish, nuts and seeds etc, in their diets though.

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Malkuth Thu 20-Nov-08 11:10:55

Both mine went onto semi-skimmed at about 20 months. DD1 because she refused full fat and DD2 because she was such a milk monster she wouldn't eat properly. Both eat cheese and full fat yoghurts and have healthy, balanced diets with the odd treat thrown in and are thriving.

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WowOoo Thu 20-Nov-08 14:05:25

MrsB. I seemed to not have read one of your posts earlier. V informative.

I just don't know what I need more of, vits or calcium!!

My mum's policy was that if you tend to put on weight, have semi skilled. If not stay with full fat as it's tastier and better for you.
But for children, she said under 10 full fat nad then they can choose.

This was in the olden days though!

Spinspin have you tried ice lollies made with milk and milkshake flavour (forget the brand name now) ? Perhaps you could try soya milk or a less fatty kind of milk if you are worried?

spinspinsugar Fri 21-Nov-08 09:37:10

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Devlin69 Thu 28-Nov-19 09:56:54

I see you mention calcium in milk... Well milk actually strips calcium from our bones, anything with cholesterol does. We are the only species on the planet that drinks milk past infancy and that milk is not even of our own species. Cows milk is not that good for you.

Devlin69 Thu 28-Nov-19 10:00:55

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