Ever wondered what is whole milk? – Well, whole milk categorically refers to cow’s milk that has not undergone any sort of nutritional alteration. Nutritionally, the milk is taken from the cow as is and processed for food safety. Due to food safety processes such as pasteurization, whole milk is not considered raw milk and is totally safe to consume in accordance with the milk producer’s recommended shelf life. In whole milk, the amount of fat and other nutritional indicators are not adjusted, which means that nothing is removed, nor is the milk fortified with other nutrients.
The fortification of milk by adding vitamins and minerals is not an uncommon practice among milk producers. Whole milk is sometimes also referred to as fresh milk or regular milk in the consumer retail market. From a taste and nutritional perspective, whole milk typically has a higher fat content along with the full suite of nutrients found in cow’s milk. It is therefore the recommended type of milk as whole cow’s milk is a great source of protein and calcium, among other vitamins and minerals. It is also likely to taste the richest and creamiest in contrast to other types of milk. However, other alternative types of milk are sometimes considered by individuals who are lactose intolerant or individuals who may prefer the taste, texture, and lowered fat content found in reduced fat milk or skim milk.