The great milk myth

We give away free cold samples of Hot Choccy at markets because we want as many people to try our delicious range as possible. However when we tell people we use full cream milk, some reject the offer citing health reasons. Before I get a chance to explain why we use full cream milk they’ve almost always already moved on. So I thought I’d write this blog to discuss the difference between full cream and low/no-fat milk varieties.

There is this common belief that low fat milk is much better for you than full cream milk, but that is far from the truth. In fact, there is very little difference between the two. See for yourself in the nutritional information of the four milk brands and their varieties below.

Generally speaking when fat is stripped from a food it tastes horrible. So to compensate for that and make it edible, and more importantly for food manufactures sellable, sugar is almost always added.

In the case of milk, all of the low/no-fat varieties were lower in calories, fat and saturated fat (a great thing), but were ever so slightly higher in sugar. As you can see from the nutritional information below there is very little difference between them except for one vital consideration…*TASTE*.

So if you prefer the full cream taste, then buy that sort of milk. If you prefer the weaker taste, go low/no-fat. The choice is yours, but whatever you do, don’t think because you’re buying low fat that it’s better for you. And that message applies to all other products you buy at the supermarket as well.

As you know here at Hot Choccy our philosophy is about having balance in your life. That’s why we use incredibly healthy ingredients like raw organic cacao powder and pure organic Stevia extract, combined with the incredible flavours of top shelf Belgian chocolate. So while our products contain a small amount of sugar from the Belgian chocolate, they are much lower than mass-produced chocolate powders and far better for you.

And for what it’s worth, we think our Hot Choccy powders taste great with any sort of milk – full cream, low fat, no fat, soy, almond, etc., etc.

REAL MILK: energy 276kj 66 cal, protein 3.4g, fat 3.7g, carbohydrates 4.9g, sugars 4.9g, calcium 118mg, sodium 45mg

PURA (full cream): energy 266kj 64 cal, protein 3.4g, fat 3.4g, saturated fat 2.3g, carbohydrates 4.8g, sugars 4.8g, calcium 128mg, sodium 44mg

PURA light start (99% fat free): energy 183kj 44 cal, protein 3.6g, fat 1.0g, saturated fat 0.6g, carbohydrates 5.0g, sugars 5.0g, calcium 126mg, sodium 45mg

PURA (no fat): energy 163kj 39 cal, protein 4.0g, fat 0.1g, saturated fat 0.06g, carbohydrates 5.4g, sugars 5.4g, calcium 140mg, sodium 50mg

A2 (full cream): energy 271kj 65 cal, protein 3.1g, fat 3.6g, saturated fat 2.8g, carbohydrates 5.0g, sugars 5.0g, calcium 117mg, sodium 48mg

A2 (light milk, 64% less fat than full cream version): energy 189kj 45 cal, protein 3.1g, fat 1.3g, saturated fat 0.9g, carbohydrates 5.2g, sugars 5.2g, calcium 117mg, sodium 48mg

Coles (full cream): energy 266kj 64 cal, protein 3.4g, fat 3.4g, saturated fat 2.3g, carbohydrates 4.8g, sugars 4.8g, calcium 128mg, sodium 44mg (identical to PURA)

Coles (Lite milk – 98% fat free): energy 194kj 46 cal, protein 3.5g, fat 1.4g, saturated fat 0.9g, carbohydrates 4.9g, sugars 4.9g, calcium 132mg, sodium 44mg

Why did we choose these varieties?

Real Milk is pasteurised but not homogenised, meaning it’s healthy to drink but the fat and milk haven’t been forced together by incredible pressure to produce a consistent liquid. As a result you get the cream sitting on the top. So this was a good option to be our base milk to compare the others.

PURA milk comes in three varieties (full cream, 99% fat free, and no fat); A2 seems to be the latest craze in milk (full cream and light – 64% less fat than full cream); and we wanted to use a generic supermarket variety so we chose Coles (full cream and 98% fat free).

So, now it’s over to you…