I'd really never questioned the wisdom of buying low-fat milk before. Although I dislike the watery flavor of skim milk, I've always found 2% to be plenty creamy so that was my nod to the cultural pressure to cut fat out of our diets.
But I had also never looked at the ingredients on the carton of organic 2% milk before reading Michael Pollan's newest book, In Defense of Food. I'd always just assumed that there would be only one ingredient -- milk...
So you can imagine my surprise to find that there are FOUR ingredients in my 2% milk!
Pollan also points out that the very fat we're so desperate to remove from our dairy products actually helps our bodies absorb a whole bunch of fat-soluble vitamins in the milk.
I purchased my first half gallon of whole organic milk (from Strauss Creamery, our amazing local dairy - you can read my earlier post on which organic dairy companies are good and which are bad if you want to learn more about your options) a few days ago. I did check the ingredients before I headed to the check out line and found only one -- organic whole milk.