Dairy Milk vs. Other Milks
There are many different types of milk on the market today. While each person has their own preference, there are actually quite a few advantages and disadvantages to each one! Some of the different milks we will talk about today are: Cow’s Milk, Rice Milk, Almond Milk, and Soy Milk. As you may presume, Cow’s Milk is the highest, most sold milk today, and has been for some time. Will it always be the leader? Maybe, but considering the benefits of the others, maybe not!
otherwise known as Whole Milk is high in Vitamin D, Proteins, Calcium, and Fat. A little fun fact, it is actually made up of 88% water! So, you can get some of your water consumption mixed in with your vitamins and calcium. Don’t forget about that extra fat content though! This is one of the most beneficial types of milk for children, as they are still developing and can use all the nutrients that this milk offers. They also have Cow’s Milk in other options like 1%, 2%, Fat Free, and Skim Milk. Skim Milk has almost half the calories of Whole Milk, but may lack in the nutrient department. Also, this is one of the most recommended milks by Dieticians, like me 😊. Keep in mind with Cow’s Milk though, that if you don’t opt for the lower fat options, they are high in saturated fat and high in calories alike, so be weary of how much you actually consume.
is one of the best options for people who are lactose intolerant as it is made of, well RICE! Rice Milk, like Almond and Soy (read below), can be saturated with Calcium and Vitamin D, so the nutrients that your body is craving may be available in this form. One of the other major advantages of Rice Milk is that it is Vegan friendly. One of the downsides is that some products don’t offer those nutrients, plus they are not natural nutrients like those that are found in Dairy Milks.
is one of the options that is really making an impression in the grocery stores these days. You can find almost as many different brands and alternatives to actual dairy companies. If you opt for the unsweetened Almond Milk, you will really be doing your belly fat a joyous favor, as this choice is the lowest calorie option of the group. This milk is made from ground almonds, which sounds extremely healthy, but Almond Milk doesn’t offer a sufficient source of Protein or Calcium, although some brands encourage them into their milks. Another major downside to Almond Milk is that it may not be safe for people with Nut Allergies. Note: This counts for baking with it as well. On the other hand, it is a lactose-free option, so depending on the person, perhaps it balances itself out with the pros and cons.
comes from a plant product, the Soybean. The benefit of this is that it is lactose free and an option for Vegans. Some other benefits are: it doesn’t contain cholesterol, it’s low in saturated fat, and they are high in potassium, calcium, and protein. Yay! One of the major cons with Soy Milk though is that there have been studies against a high consumption of it. So, don’t fall too in love with it; one study has shown an increase in fertility issues and even a reduced sperm count.
What kind of milk do you drink?
After reading this article, do you think you may change your milk choices? Let me know what you think in the Comments section below. I love to hear back from you and learn from your wonderful minds!
Kim Shapira MS, RD