Semi-skimmed milk is a dairy product made by removing some of the fat from whole milk. This means it has a lighter flavour and texture. Semi-skimmed is the most popular milk in the UK. Cows milk is most widely consumed however you can also find milk from other livestock such as goat, buffalo and yak to name a few!
Semi-skimmed milk nutritional information
Semi-skimmed milk usually contains 0.97g of fat per 100. An interesting piece of information about semi-skimmed milk is that it has a higher calcium content than whole milk. This is because calcium is found in the thinner part of the milk and when the fat level has been reduced the proportion of calcium is increased!
When some of the fat is reduced the calorie content is also lowered. Per 100ml semi-skimmed milk there are usually about 42 calories. Semi-skimmed milk also contains good levels of protein, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
Semi-skimmed milk has a natural sugar content of 5.2g per 100g, this sugar is referred to as lactose.
Semi-skimmed milk for children
Milk is a good source of vitamins and minerals like calcium. Calcium helps children to build strong bones and teeth. It also contains good levels of protein.
Cows’ milk does not contain the right levels of nutrients a baby needs, so you should wait until your baby is at least one year old before giving them cows’ milk.
Once your child is a toddler you can start giving them whole milk and other whole dairy products. Semi-skimmed milk does not contain enough calories and nutrients for a growing toddler.
At the age of 2, you can start giving your child semi-skimmed milk as a drink.