We live in an era where people are constantly looking for healthy foods. Almost every product on the market is under a microscope and under scrutiny. We know that milk is healthy. After all, milk is loaded with vitamins and minerals, mostly calcium. In addition to regular milk, the market has been flooded with milk variants like skim milk, low-fat milk, and non-fat milk. And then you have evaporated milk and condensed milk? What are they exactly?

What is evaporated milk?

Simply put, evaporated milk is milk without the water content. Some 60% of the full milk’s water content has been eliminated through evaporation. This is why evaporated milk is thicker than regular milk. It is also the reason why evaporated milk has caramelized color and flavor.

What you need to understand is that removing water does not strip the milk from the nutritional profile and value. Or put it differently, evaporated milk still provides the same health benefits as regular milk.

However, they have different usage. Evaporated milk is nowadays mostly used for recipes that have creamier and thicker texture and richer taste. That is something regular full milk cannot provide.

That being said, if you do not like evaporated milk, you can find a substitute for it.

As for the question whether evaporated milk is healthy, the fact of the matter is that evaporated milk is even healthier than regular milk. That is because the government has put a standard requirement for companies to fortify their goods with vitamin D.

What is condensed milk?

Condensed milk is similar to evaporated milk in the spirit that both have 60% of the water content of full milk removed. But condensed milk is thicker. Why?

The answer to that question is the evaporation process. Unlike evaporated milk, condensed is produced in a different way. During evaporation, water is removed, but sugar is added to the milk. This gives the condensed milk the consistency and thickness.

Now, some people would naturally stay away from condensed milk. After all, it has added amounts of sugar. But do not worry, condensed milk contains the same healthy nutrients as evaporated milk. And same as evaporated milk, condensed is fortified with vitamin D, and even vitamin C in some cases.

However, nothing beats condensed milk when it comes to preparing desserts. Due to the higher sugar amount, and the thickness, condensed milk is much better option for your desserts. If you want to lose weight, however, we would recommend staying away from condensed milk. Or finding some substitute or condensed or evaporated milk.

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