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Does 1% milk contain corn starch?

Someone just told me that the milk producers put cornstarch in 1% milk and therefore we shouldn't drink it and we should go back to drinking 2% or whole milk. I've heard in Denver they've made the schools go back to whole milk because of this.

I've been drinking 1% milk for quite a while now - do you know if there's any truth to this?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

There is no evidence that I have found of cornstarch in milk. All food manufacturers are required to put all ingredients on their packages. I have researched this and have not found any evidence that cornstarch is being added to milk of any kind.

It's worth noting that the state of Colorado ( doesn't seem to have a problem putting 1% milk on its "Colorado Proud School Meal Day" menu suggestions (PDF document).

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP
Dr. Gourmet