Nestle Nesquik Low Fat Vanilla Milk Review




Much in taste like a vanilla milkshake, this  Nestle Nesquik Low Fat Vanilla Milk   brings back lots of memories of grade school and trips to the ice cream stand that vanilla flavored soy and almond drinks fail miserably to do.

The bottle says that this milk contains 170 calories per 1-cup serving, roughly twice that of non fat plain white milk, which is what I typically drink at home. Vitamin A and calcium have been added to strengthen the nutrition, and the fat content has been trimmed to 3 grams per serving; thus the low-fat designation.

However, as with most flavored dairy milks, you’ll encounter lots of added sugar here, though at least, there’s no high fructose corn syrup within.  Still, I’d avoid this beverage while dieting, as the sugar as well as the vanilla and artificial flavors (also included) makes this drink rather addictive in my view.  One serving a day might be okay.  But the alluringly sweet vanilla flavor will likely seduce you into drinking this excessively; especially if you’re a feeble-willed sugarholic as I am.  It’s like drinking liquid vanilla ice cream.

Health concerns notwithstanding, this dairy vanilla milk tastes fuller, richer, and is more fulfilling than any soy, rice, or almond-based vanilla drinks I’ve sampled.  Indeed, no farm I know of, has produced a non dairy drink that tastes as good as real milk.  The Nesquik low-fat vanilla milk flavor is deep and strong, much like the taste found in    Breyers Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.  But this drink also significantly thicker than many soy and rice drinks, resulting in an unmistakably sweet vanilla pleasure, that only a dairy-based beverage can provide.

Benefits, Pros, Advantages, and Features

It is made with real cow’s milk and is a grade A, homogenized milk product.  It displays the “Real” dairy symbol.

This drink keeps for roughly three weeks from the date of purchase in the refrigerator. That’s a decent shelf for a dairy milk product.

Contains no high fructose corn syrup.  It’s gluten and caffeine free.

At roughly $1.80 per pint bottle at my local convenience store, Nesquik brand flavored milks are a decent buy.

This milk has just 1.5 grams of saturated fat and only 10 milligrams of cholesterol per 8-ounce serving.

The color of this beverage is a very pale yellow-brown, but primarily white, much like vanilla ice cream.

The packaging protects the product from light, which can degrade the flavor as well as neutralize some nutrition.  While the plastic bottle itself is clear, the outer label is opaque, blocking all but the most trivial amounts of light from touching the entrapped liquid.

Indeed, there’s little compromising on taste, color, or texture in this Nestle milk product.  No weak vanilla taste here to gripe over.

This product is available at most grocery stores and convenience outlets.

Disadvantages, Cons, Problems, and Concerns

It contain 29 grams of sugar per serving.  To be fair however, nearly half of this sugar occurs naturally in the milk, and was therefore not added. Still though, be careful not to indulge too much at one time.

This drink must always be kept refrigerated.  Unlike the soy and almond products, this dairy beverage should never be allowed to warm to room temperature, whether it’s been opened previously or not.

Due to the sugar content, in my view, it’s easy to consume excess calories via this product. This product’s sweet taste tests one’s resolve to consume in moderation thus.

Diabetics should monitor their blood sugar readings periodically when consuming this milk, as it contains significant amounts of high GI sugar.

To produce a lower glycemic index product, thereby suiting it more for diabetics, Nestle might use pure agave nectar or Splenda instead of the sugar for sweetening.

Ingredients

Low-fat milk with vitamin A palmitate and vitamin D3 added, sugar, and less than 2% of natural and artificial flavors, calcium carbonate, cellulose gel, potassium citrate, carrageenan, cellulose gum, caramel color, salt, riboflavin for color.

Nutrition Facts

  • Serving size: 1 cup, or 240 milliliters.  Servings per container: 2.
  • Calories: 170.  Calories from fat: 25.
  • Total fat: 3 grams, 4% DV.
  • Saturated fat: 1.5 grams, 8% DV.
  • Trans fat: 0 grams.
  • Cholesterol: 10 milligrams, 4% DV.
  • Sodium: 130 milligrams, 5% DV.
  • Potassium: 440 milligrams, 13% DV.
  • Total carbohydrate: 30 grams, 10% DV.
  • Dietary fiber: 0 grams, 0% DV.
  • Sugars: 29 grams.
  • Protein: 8 grams.
  • Vitamin A: 10% DV.
  • Calcium: 40% DV.
  • Vitamin C: 0% DV.
  • Vitamin D: 25% DV.
  • Iron: 0% DV.

Product Rating

This low-fat vanilla milk is a good value. I like it quite a lot.   This real cow’s milk is a convenient diversion from that entirely plant-based bean or grain stuff, and a pleasant vacation return to the truly wonderful tastes of days past.  There’s enough fat to give this product a decidedly creamy flavor and texture; it kind of slips around your tongue as you savor it in your mouth.  That is, it definitely tastes like it’s high fat though it’s not.  So I’d rate it at 92 out of 100.

Where To Buy Nestle Nesquik Low Fat Vanilla Milk

Look for this product in the bright yellow bottle with the blue letters near the top, the bright teal colored ring around the top where you break the seal, the happy brown bunny on the front, and the blue cap on top, in the refrigerated dairy section, at your favorite large or small grocers and convenience stores.

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Revision History

  • : Adjusted category and tag assignments, fixed typos, and added white space.
  • 2012-07-11: Originally published.