Sergey Ryzhov/ShutterstockHave you ever noticed how the milk section at your grocery store is actually quite colorful? The white cartons contrast with the bright colors of the different caps and labels. You’ve probably never realized it, but you most likely shop for your milk based on color instead of reading the label. The reason for that is because milk label color corresponds with the milk’s percentage of fat. Here’s the breakdown. (This is the secret meaning behind the color of your bread’s twist tie, too, by the way.)
2% Milk = blue or yellow
Most brands use blue or light blue caps to denote 2% milk. At certain grocery stores, you’ll see 2% milk with a yellow label. For example, the brands Kemp’s and Dairy Maid use the color yellow for their 2% milk. The brands Clover Organics and Borden use blue.
1% Milk = green
The color green is typically used for 1% milk.
Whole Milk = red
Whole milk labels are red so that they stand out from the reduced fat and skim milk.
Skim Milk = purple
Skim milk, or non-fat milk, has a purple cap indicating that it contains little to no fat.
Not all grocery stores and brands follow this coloring system—so make sure to double-check the wording on the label before you throw the blue-capped milk in your cart.
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