Low-fat Milk

I buy 2% milk and dilute it by half with water to make my own 1% milk at half the cost. Is this smart, or am I just fooling myself? —V.M., Glenwood, Iowa

The difference between 1%, 2% and whole milk is the fat and calorie content. The 1% milk is 99% fat-free; 2% milk is 98% fat-free; and whole milk contains about 3-1/2% fat.

All three contain the same amount of vitamins and minerals. By adding water, you’re diluting the vitamins and minerals. Your best bet is to choose 1% milk to get the full benefit of its nutrients.