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Toned Milk vs. Regular Milk: What’s The Difference?

Toned milk is a modified drink but is nutritionally similar to cow’s milk. However, it contains less fat content and higher total quantity compared to the latter.

What Is Toned Milk?

Toned milk is a dairy product made by diluting buffalo milk with skim milk and mixing in water. It has the same nutritional content as cow’s milk but it’s created for greater production, affordability, accessibility and availability, as per Healthline. The dilution of full-fat buffalo milk with skim milk and water also results in lower fat content.

Toned Milk vs. Cow’s Milk

Full-cream buffalo milk has higher saturated fat content compared to whole cow’s milk. As per a study published in the US National Library of Medicine, buffalo milk is used to create cheese, and it is less suitable for drinking especially for those who follow a low-saturated fat diet.

Since toned milk is made with a combination of cow’s and buffalo’s milk, it has a concentration of 3 percent fat and 8.5 percent non-fat milk solids. These components include proteins and milk sugar. According to Science Direct, Cow’s milk, on the other hand, has more fat and just about the same amount of non-fat milk solids.

In every 3.5 ounces or 100 milliliters of cow’s milk, there are 58 calories, five grams of carbohydrates, three grams of protein and four grams of fat. On the other hand, 100 milliliters of toned milk contains 61 calories, five grams of carbohydrates, three grams of protein and only three grams of fat.

Toned milk is the healthier option compared to cow’s milk since it is rich in vitamins, minerals and protein. It also affords several health benefits such as improved bone mineral density and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Both cow’s milk and toned milk, are deemed unhealthy for those who are lactose intolerant. There is also evidence that excessive intake of these drinks result in a higher risk of acne and prostate cancer. It is also suggested that toned milk must be taken along with a healthy diet particularly a variety of healthy, whole foods.

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