Turns out your intuition was correct -- in general removing naturally produced fat from naturally-produced food is a really bad thing, for example with milk all you get stuck with is inert sugar water -- I learned all this from the 11th Circuit btw:
Consistent with standard practice, the Creamery produces cream by causing it to rise to the top of the milk and then skimming it off. The leftover product is skim milk: milk that has had the fat removed through skimming. Incidentally, the skimming process depletes almost all the vitamin A naturally present in whole milk because vitamin A is fat-soluble and is thus removed with the cream. Vitamin A levels can be restored by introducing an additive to the resulting skim milk. The Creamery prides itself on selling only all natural, additive-free products, and therefore refuses to replace the lost vitamin A in its skim milk. Its product contains no ingredients other than skim milk. The Creamery only sells its skim milk in Florida.1 Florida law prohibits the sale of milk and milk products that are not Grade “A,” which requires, among other things, that vitamin A lost in the skimming process must be replaced.Here's where things get insane -- the State said they could sell the naturally-produced skimmed milk (with no Vitamin A added) if they just label it as imitation milk product:
Initially, the State told the Creamery it could sell its product without adding vitamin A so long as it bore the label “imitation milk product,” but the Creamery objected to describing its all-natural product this way. The Creamery and the State entered into discussions with the object of finding a more suitable label for the product that addressed the Creamery’s concerns but did not mislead consumers into thinking the milk was Grade “A” skim milk with replenished vitamin A.Dear Holy Sky God Person -- WTF is with people?