Low Fat Fruit Milkshakes vs. Regular Milkshakes

Milkshakes are drinks that not only boost your energy, but satisfy your cravings too. They are a popular drink, as they are convenient and easy to prepare. These drinks, depending on how they’re made, are rich in protein, fats and carbohydrates, and are thus can be considered healthy.

Regular vs Low Fat

Regular milkshakes are prepared by combining full-cream or fresh milk, ice cream sugar, and either preserved fruits or fresh fruit slices, whereas low-fat milkshakes use skim milk or low fat milk.

Whole milk and low fat milk both contain the proteins that our body needs for building and repairing damaged tissues and the calcium, which makes our bones strong. Whole milk and low fat milk also both contain traces of vitamin C, which aids the body in fighting diseases.

Both whole milk and low fat milk — which are both colloidal suspension in nature — provide the milkshakes their characteristic smoothness. However, whole milk contains saturated fats, whereas skim milk or low fat milk contains none. The calorie content of 8 ounces of whole milk is 150 calories, whereas only 80 calories can be found in skim milk of the same volume.

The Difference

Most regular milkshakes use preserved fruits to enhance its taste, whereas most low fat milkshakes use real fruits to make it even healthier.

Preserved fruits, especially those rich in fiber like pineapples, are comparable with real fruits, since they retain their insoluble fiber that cleans our gastrointestinal tract for better absorption and removal of unwanted wastes and toxins. Preserved fruits and real fruits are also sweet as they contain sugar. However, preserved fruit contains more sugar, and thus its calorie content is higher. Fresh fruit only contains natural sugars.

Preserved fruit may contain less Vitamin C than real fruit if it’s preheated. It may also lose some thiamine or water-soluble vitamin B when it’s dried or refined.  Real fruits, on the other hand, contain more nutrients.

A Healthy Shake

Milk or whole milk, in essence, is healthy. It is rich in calcium and proteins that promote bone growth and development, and better immune function. However, the presence of saturated fats make it a threat to people with cardiovascular-related diseases. 

Low fat milkshakes are healthier options than the regular milkshakes, as they contain none of these fats and yet retain the needed nutrients like protein, carbohydrates and vitamins.

In order to make a healthy milkshake, aka smoothie, use non-fat milk, fresh fruit and ice. It will still taste as delicious as a regular milkshake, but with half the calories!

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  • Shea

    “whole milk contains saturated fats, whereas skim milk or low fat milk contains none”

    Low fat milk still contains saturated fats. Also, you go on about the milk, but the ice cream also must be addressed.

    Smoothies typically contain yogurt. Nonfat, unsweetened yogurt adds the creamy dairy consistency without the added saturated fats and sugars. You can add a non-nutritive sweetener, if desired, along with the fruit. Frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice, though the calorie count will increase. If this is used as a meal replacement, the added calories may be desirable.