Nutrition Information for 2 Percent Milk

by Andy Chasse

A couple enjoying breakfast together in the morning.

monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

Dairy products provide the body with several benefits, including maintenance of bone mass, reduced risk of bone disease and provision of important nutrients such as calcium and potassium. Milk, one of the most commonly-consumed dairy products, is a well-rounded beverage with healthy amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat.

Calories

On average, one cup of 2 percent milk contains 122 calories. This is lower than many fruit juices.

Protein

One cup of 2 percent milk has just over 8 grams of protein. This protein supports your immune system and aids in muscle growth.

Carbohydrates

There are 11.7 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of 2 percent milk. These carbs provide energy and serve as fuel for your muscles.

Fat

One cup of 2 percent milk contains a total of 4.8 grams of fat. Saturated fat takes up 3.1 grams of the 4.8, leaving a small amount of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.

Additional Nutrients

In addition to the basic macronutrients provided, 2 percent milk also contains 293 milligrams of calcium and 224 milligrams of phosphorus -- two minerals that help make up healthy bone tissue.

Photo Credits

  • monkeybusinessimages/iStock/Getty Images

About the Author

Andy Chasse is a certified personal trainer who began writing professionally in 2009. He works full time as a freelance writer, specializing in areas of fitness and nutrition. His writing has appeared online at BodyBuilding.com, Muscle and Strength and Elite FTS. Chasse is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Sam Houston State University.