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Got Milk: Alternatives to Dairy


By: Sarah Hussey
STAFF WRITER

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Got milk? Dairy milk has been a classic source of calcium for many years. Many of us grew up with our parents reminding us to drink milk with our meals. Milk was also a popular beverage to choose in the school cafeteria. Today’s nutrition trend tells us nondairy milk alternatives are becoming quite popular, especially among those who are lactose intolerant or do not wish to consume dairy products. Soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk, almond milk and hemp milk are a few types of these milk alternatives.
SOY MILK: According to source Livestrong.com, Soy milk is a good source of protein. Calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and riboflavin are often added to it. It has a smooth, creamy texture that is very similar to cow’s milk; however, be aware that soy milk contains phytoestrogen, similar to estrogen. Research has shown that there may be increased risk of breast and prostate cancer with excess soy consumption. More research needs to be done in order to prove this for certain.
COCONUT MILK: Coconut milk has low protein content and less calcium than dairy milk. It contains a high amount of saturated fat. The texture of coconut milk is smooth and very similar to dairy milk.
RICE MILK: Rice milk has low protein content, but some varieties have calcium added to the milk. It has a more watery texture and is high in carbohydrates.
ALMOND MILK: Almond milk has low protein content, but has more calcium than cow’s milk. It is also a good source of Vitamins D and E. Almond milk has fewer calories than dairy milk. Its creamy texture is much like traditional cow’s milk.
HEMP MILK: Hemp milk contains a lot of omega 3 fatty acids, which are good for the heart. It is a good source of protein, but has a low amount of calcium.