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Pages that follow describe the Fat in Milk Display and Taste Test (with Taste Test survey
Mooove to Lowfat Milk….Activity Ideas

   Fat in Milk Display
    Discussion Points—similarities vs. differences

   Taste Test –Mooove to Lowfat or Fat Free Milk
    Discussion Points
    Worksheet for Taste Test of Fluid Milk
                                    Fat in Milk Display

This is a simple display that can provide quite a visual impact!
Create a display that shows 4 types of fluid milk and the amount of fat in each type of milk.

Supplies needed:

     Purchase one gallon each of the following:
    whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk, skim milk
    (For this display, you will only need the plastic containers from the milk. You may
    want to use the milk itself in the Taste Test activity that follows.)

     Obtain 4 clear plastic cups of the same size (8 oz or larger).
      Or use (glass) pint jars.

*Label one cup: Whole; second cup: 2%; third cup: 1%; fourth cup: Skim.
*Pour 10 tablespoons of oil or melted shortening into cup labeled WHOLE
*Pour 6 tablespoons of oil or melted shortening into cup labeled 2%
*Pour 3 tablespoons of oil or melted shortening into cup labeled 1%
*Cup labeled SKIM is left empty.

     Arrange the cup of oil/fat with the plastic gallon of the type of milk that it

Discussion Points:

Use the Nutrition Facts food labels of four types of Fluid Milk to help make the following

Similarities….vs. Differences

     What are the similarities?

All four types of milk contain similar amounts of Calcium, Vitamin D, Protein.
When we see the label on whole milk that says ―Vitamin D Milk,‖ it may make us think
that it’s the only type of milk with vitamin D. That is not true. All these types of milk
contain vitamin D and contain very similar amounts of vitamin D.
Fat in Milk Display, con’t
    Looking at the Nutrition Facts food labels only, what are differences in the
       4 types of milk?

The differences are:
    Fat
    Saturated Fat
    Cholesterol
    Calories

Whole milk contains the most fat, and also the most saturated fat (the clogging arteries
kind of fat) and cholesterol. Because fat also contains calories, whole milk, with the
highest amount of fat, contains the most calories.

Hold up the cups/jars of oil/fat as you make this point about each type of milk:
One Gallon of Whole Milk contains 10 Tablespoons of fat
One Gallon of 2% Milk contains 6 tablespoons of fat
One Gallon of 1% Milk contains 3 tablespoons of fat
One Gallon of Skim or Fat Free Milk is, basically, fat free (no fat in the cup or jar!)

After you compare the nutrients in these four types of milk, compare the costs of each
type of milk (per gallon). (Have fun with this by doing a ―Price is Right‖ type of activity
with the amounts of fat and then the prices per gallon.) Whole milk is usually the most
costly….skim milk often costs the least. This is a great example of how the healthiest
food choice for most of us can also be the least expensive choice!!
Taste Test – Mooove to Lowfat or Fat Free Milk
Supplies Needed
    4 serving trays (could use muffin tins—will help keep small cups of milk from
    Small Plastic disposable cups (opaque, not clear)
    Cooler or refrigerator to keep milk cold (very cold!)
    4 types of Milk—skim, 1%, 2%, whole (amount depends on the size of the group)
    Fluid Milk Taste Test Response Sheet
    Paper towels
    Garbage Can

It helps to have 2 people to organize this activity, pour milk, keep it cold until the taste
test occurs, be certain that identity of samples remains a secret until the end of the
activity, have testers complete the Response Sheet, lead the discussion, etc.

Set up the Activity:
     Label serving trays or the muffin tins –A,B,C,D. Assign a letter to each type of
        milk, but keep it a secret until everyone has tasted the samples.
     Put cups into muffin tin (or set on trays) and pour samples of type of milk,
        according to ―assignment.‖ Keep the milk cold until it is tasted!
     Encourage people to participate in the taste tests. Challenge them to take the test
        to see if they can tell difference between the different types of milk and to see if
        the like the taste of whole, 2%, 1% and skim milk.

Get the Activity Started: (you can say something like the following)
I’d like you to taste samples that represent 4 kinds of milk. One is fat free, which has no
fat. Another type is lowfat or 1%, which has very little fat. The third kind of milk is 2%,
and the fourth sample is whole milk. The samples are labeled A,B,C,D—but the identity
of each sample is a secret! You will taste each sample, and then complete the Fluid Milk
Taste Test Response Sheet. After everyone (who wants to!) has done the taste test, we’ll
discuss your responses and let you know the identities of the 4 samples.

    Be sure that the participant completes the survey after EACH taste test.

    Some participants may choose NOT to do the Taste Test. That’s OK—they can
     still participate in the discussion.

    All participants should view the Fat in Milk Display and Mooove to Lowfat Milk.

    Participants should then return to their chairs for further discussion, as well as
     revealing the survey results.
Taste Test – Mooove to Lowfat or Fat Free Milk, con’t

Discussion Points for Trainer:

    Give the ―answers’ to the Taste Test.
    What types of milk were represented by A, B, C and D?
    How did the Testers (participants) do on their individual responses? (Ask them to
     discuss their responses with the group, if they are willing to share.) Often people
     are surprised at how difficult it is to tell the difference or to identify each type of

Focus on taste.
What is the lowest fat milk that the tasters liked?
What type of milk do they personally drink?
What type(s) of milk do they use for their families?

    If the participants indicate they are currently using whole or 2%, but enjoyed 1%
     or fat free, encourage them to make the change! Both 1% and fat free milk are
     lower in calories and saturated fat than whole or 2%, and they usually cost less.

    If they (or their family) like the taste of 2% or whole milk, suggest that they use
     1% or fat free in cooking and in recipes where taste may not be noticed.
     Encourage a gradual change to 1% or fat free in milk that they drink.

    What if the participant cannot tell the difference between types of milk?
     Encourage use of 1% or fat free milk. These types of milk have all the vitamin D,
     the protein, and the calcium of whole or 2% milk without all the fat and calories.
                                      Fluid Milk

                                       Taste Test

Sample A                   Sample B                   Sample C                   Sample D

o I liked this sample      o I liked this sample      o I liked this sample      o I liked this sample

o I disliked this sample   o I disliked this sample   o I disliked this sample   o I disliked this sample

I think this sample was:   I think this sample was:   I think this sample was:   I think this sample was:

o   Fat Free (skim)        o Fat Free (skim)          o Fat Free (skim)          o Fat Free (skim)
o   Lowfat (1%)            o Lowfat (1%)              o Lowfat (1%)              o Lowfat (1%)
o   Reduced Fat (2%)       o Reduced Fat (2%)         o Reduced Fat (2%)         o Reduced Fat (2%)
o   Whole                  o Whole                    o Whole                    o Whole

Comments:                  Comments:                  Comments:                  Comments:

Taste: Which type of fluid milk do you enjoy the most?

Cost: What type of milk costs the MOST per gallon?____________
      What type of milk costs the LEAST per gallon?_________

Choice(s) to make--
What type of milk will you choose (for yourself, your family)?

Make the Mooove to Lowfat Milk!

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