Skimmed milk (United Kingdom and Canada), or skim milk (United States of America and Australia) is made when all the cream (also called milkfat) is removed from whole milk.Sometimes only half the cream is removed, this is called semi skimmed milk.Skimmed milk is more popular in the United States than Britain.Skimmed milk contains less fat than whole milk, which means that many nutritionists and doctors recommend it for people who are trying to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
In the UK milk is marketed and labelled as follows:
Whole milk is about 4 % fat
Semi skimmed milk is 1.7 % fat
Sainsburys has now launched the first own brand 1% fat milk type in its stores in the UK
Skimmed milk is between 0.1-0.3 % fat
In the USA milk is marketed primarily by fat content and available in these varieties:
Whole Milk is 3.25 % fat
2 % Reduced-Fat Milk
1 % Lowfat Milk (also called Light Milk)
0 % Fat-Free Milk (also called skim milk or Nonfat Milk)
Low-fat milk has sufficient milk fat removed to bring the levels between 0.5-2 %It also must contain at least 8.25% solids-not-fat. It must contain 2000IU of vitamin A per quart.
Skim milkAlso called non fat milk has had sufficient milk-fat removed to bring the level to less than 0.5 %.