Milk Alternatives

Not MilkJust say no to Milk.

As the collective consciousness regarding nutrition continues to rise, more and more people are looking for alternatives to using cow’s milk. Word is spreading that not only are the hormones, anti-biotics and sub-standard foods given to cows toxic to the human body but even the basic components of cows milk is not nearly as good for us as advertised for so long by the dairy industry.

With the advent of vegetarianism soy gained ground early as a “protein alternative” and with the rise of “lactose intolerance” in infants, soy formula became the “obvious” alternative to cow’s milk in place of mother’s milk. So it is no surprise that soy milk has taken the market share of cow milk alternatives.

We do not advocate eating or drinking soy products in general so we do not consider Soy milk a good alternative for cow’s milk. Without a doubt our number one choice and recommendation is to make your own fresh organic Nut milks (Almond, Hazelnut, etc…). If you have a high-performance blender making your own is a snap but there are packaged organic alternatives readily available in common grocery stores now.

If it’s Calcium that’s on your mind, think again. Milk is not that great of a Calcium source either. Check out these healthy Calcium Rich Foods.

Below is a quick basic comparison of store bought “Milk” choices taken from the Wall Street Journal based on a 1 cup serving – obviously there is a lot more to pay attention to:

  Cow’s Milk 2% Almond Milk Rice Milk Coconut Milk
Calories 130 60 120 80
Fat 5 grams 2.5 grams 2.5 grams 5 grams
Sugars 12 grams 7 grams 10 grams 6 grams
Vitamin D 25% 25% 25% 30%
Calcium 30% 30% 25% 10%

Which “Milk’ do you choose? Would you like to try a different one?

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