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Are you drinking less milk?

I don't drink milk, certainly not as a beverage, but do enjoy yogurt and ice cream. Never have been a big milk drinker.

But it appears that milk consumption has declined in recent years.

According to the WSJ:

Per-capita U.S. milk consumption, which peaked around World War II, has fallen almost 30% since 1975, even as sales of yogurt, cheese and other dairy products have risen, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. The reasons include the rise in popularity of bottled waters and the concern of some consumers that milk is high in calories.

Read the whole article here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001...


Are you drinking less milk?

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  1. I use a half gallon a week. Just for coffee and tea. Sometimes cereal. Amazes me where it all goes.

    1. I've started using almond milk in place of regular milk and don't really notice or mind the difference.

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      1. re: calumin

        Same here - I have been drinking almond milk for about a year or so, and love that's it's rich and low calorie at the same time.
        And it's high in calcium, and lactose free. Takes care of all my needs in milk.
        And (New Yorkers, don't read any further) with a little Fox's UBet, it makes a pretty passable egg cream.

        1. re: calumin

          I've always thought that almond milk would taste like almonds -- not so?

          1. re: blue room

            No it tastes very different. Milky but not in an almondy way. Its hard to describe but I would recommend buying some to try.

            1. re: blue room

              Some brands taste a little more almondy than others . Almond Breeze is the most neutral flavor, to me.

          2. I've made it a point to drink more whole milk and eat plenty of dairy and not worry about the fat- it works well for me, and I don't have weight or cholesterol problems. I'll drink a glass of whole milk at least once every day, use it in cereal and oatmeal, and I snack on various cheeses (swiss, muenster, brie, etc) and full-fat greek yogurt. I like to bake cheese bureks, Italian-style cheesecakes using ricotta instead of cream cheese, and I drink lots of hot chocolate (I make my own using splenda instead of sugar- I never use a pre-packaged mix).

            I go through roughly a gallon of milk a week. Thank goodness for active lactase genes.

            1. We don't drink less milk, but have been alternating with factory milk and local milk from grass fed cattle. It's a LOT more expensive, but I feel better not indirectly drinking so much growth hormone and GMO grains.

              1. Somewhat. I've moved from low fat to whole milk and I drink a bit less to compensate for the added calories.

                1. Mr. Sueatmo uses milk for his cereal; he prefers no fat. I haven't drunk milk as a beverage in a long, long time. I tolerate yogurt, cheese and the occasional low fat ice cream product, but milk, and milk based soups give me sniffles. And, now that I eat mostly low carb, I can't afford the extra carbs.

                  I make exceptions for good buttermilk. For me this makes a low carb snack, but I never drink too much at a time.

                  1. <Are you drinking less milk?>

                    No. I love milk, always have, and I exercise regularly so have no problem with the calories.
                    I purchase mine from a local dairy, in a glass bottle, and use it for my coffee, my cappuccino, cereal, cooking and baking. The milk tastes exactly like it did when we had it delivered when I was young.
                    Those people who come to my home and 'don't drink milk' never turn away my cappuccinos made with half n half and I will never drink anything having to do with soy.

                    1. Drinking less milk because of cultural issues, but eating way, WAY more yogurt and cheese and creme fraiche and butter -- my nails are in the best condition they've been in years, and I actually weigh LESS than when I was obsessing about low-fat dairy (by a good amount)

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                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Isn't it funny though how we Americans (I don't) drink lowfat or nonfat milk and have huge weight problems?
                        A few aquaintances of mine, who are French, always laugh at our 'blue milk' obsessions in this country.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          Yeah, it is -- my weight loss isn't entirely because of the dairy -- it's very much a combination lifestyle, diet, exercise -- the entire spectrum.

                          But I started, not too long ago, eating a container (just 4 oz) of full-fat plain yogurt with granola for breakfast (I work in a job that means I get no breaks from about 9am to about 1pm, so I need something that stays with me!) -- and I noticed a little more room in my clothes within a week or two. We're talking a couple of pounds, but I'll take it There's something to be said for eating something that leaves you satisfied so you're a) not snacking by 10 or so, and b) not so ravenously hungry at lunch that you consider starting in on the table as a light snack..

                          Interestingly enough, they do sell skim milk here -- and by the amount of shelf space, *somebody* buys it -- but I don't recall ever seeing anyone do so. Most folks buy "semi-écréme", which is lower fat, but seems richer than 2% in the states, and I see lots of full-fat going around the stores, but never the full skim.

                          I can buy non-homogenized full-fat milk here...and I do, as a treat, from time to time. Oh, it is *so* good, as is the microfiltred (read:not pasteurized) -- the full fat of that is a treat, too.

                      2. Nope, we usually buy milk 2 gallons or 4 gallons at a time. My husband is a huge milk drinker. When he is out of town though my daughter and I only drink maybe a gallon a week.

                        1. No. Not less - about the same as I have been for several years. I must drink lactose-free milk, unfortunately, but finally found a brand that is not gaggy sweet.

                          1. Hated milk as a kid, and it did not agree with me. Later developed a full blown lactose intolerance, which subsided after I was diagnosed with celiac disease and went on a gluten free diet many years ago. But I still associate milk with feeling sick, so I hate it. I will use it in sauces, custards, and other cooking applications, but I won't drink the stuff. I just can't take it straight. I feel that this is a taste aversion based on years of it making me sick, and not anything more than that. In recent years, I've been able to tolerate dairy in other forms and applications, but I just have no appetite for milk.

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                            1. re: MelMM

                              I too have celiac disease and lactose intolerance. Have you tried LF milk? Natrel brand is the best I have tried. But if you associate milk with being sick I do not blame you for not drinking it.

                              1. re: chefathome

                                After about a dozen years gluten-free, I could drink milk if I wanted to - the lactose intolerance is long gone. But I just hate the stuff. Too many negative associations, going back too far. I have no desire for it. I'm good with milk disguised in baked goods, custards, sauces, ice cream - and let's face it, if you can eat ice cream, you are not lactose intolerant... but the straight stuff repulses me. It's all mental at this point. Just an aversion, from years of bad experience.

                            2. When I was in my teens plus a little, I easily went through a gallon a week by myself, between cereal and drinking it straight.

                              Now, however, my boyfriend and I have serious trouble getting through a gallon before it expires. I haven't eaten cereal in months, and I find myself drinking a lot of water these days.

                              So: Yes, I'm drinking less milk. (Though not through conscious choice.)

                              1. i am a diabetic and am drinking a lot less milk because i learned the hard way that any and all cows milk has a surprising amount of sugar in it at least by diabetic standards