Cows vs. Nuts: Who has the best milk?   

Did you know that more than six billion people around the world drink milk and milk-based products Php multiple downloads? And as people explore different nutritional trends and fads, more options for milky goodness become available to us.

We’ve grown up with a lot of advertising selling cow’s milk as one of the richest sources of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. The nutritional value and availability of milk has made it the most in-demand form of liquid in the world.

But recent health-fads have started challenging this idea, with some claiming that cow’s milk can actually be harmful. Furthermore, if you’re lactose intolerant, you may want to look into a calcium-rich non-diary alternative.

So, what are all the avenues to “milk” milk?

Cow’s milk

Pros: It’s a calcium and protein source all in one glass. It has shown positive effects on cardiovascular diseases, is nourishing to dry skin, maintains healthy teeth, provides relief from acidity, inflammatory issues and improves growth and development. Protein and fat are important nutrients for proper growth in children.

Cons: According to a study, a high intake of milk can have negative effects. If you have a protein allergy, this liquid isn’t for you. More especially, if you’re lactose intolerant your body can’t break down the sugars in the milk. Some people may also have ethical problems with today’s way of farming. Also, the protein in milk is an allergen for some people, children and babies. A recent Swedish study has also shown that high milk intake actually seems to be associated with a higher mortality in women and men, and higher fracture rate in women, although it’s unclear how milk may have contributed to this.

Milk replacements:

Milk substitutes are replacements of milk from a mammal. It has a similar whitish liquid form that has more or less the same amount of protein, other vitamins, minerals and fat. Milk alternatives normally lack protein; and soy milk may just be the closest to cow’s milk. Some alternatives have additives and thickeners that intend on improving consistency and preserve shelf life.

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Nut milk

Pros: It’s usually lower in calories than cow’s milk, making it a lighter alternative. This is because it’s not an animal product it, so it has no cholesterol.

Cons: People who are generally allergic to nuts should avoid nut milk. It may contain carrageenan; an emulsifier and thickener to improve texture in processed foods.

Soy milk

This is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. Soy milk is a good source of protein and is low in fat. It’s made from soybeans and filtered water and some brands may be fortified with calcium and Vitamins A and D.

Rice milk

Made of rice and water, this type is naturally sweeter than other alternatives and contains mostly carbohydrates. It’s not the best choice for people with diabetes, or if you’re trying to lose a few kilos. On the other hand, it’s a good alternative for those who are lactose intolerant and have allergies to nuts, soy and cow milk.

Coconut milk

It’s made from water and coconut cream which is from mature coconut flesh. It contains more saturated fat than other alternatives and isn’t the best source of protein. It can, however, be fortified to be a source of Vitamin A and D, and calcium.

Cashew milk

This nutty milk is free of saturated fats and cholesterol, making it a great option for vegans and those who suffer from lactose intolerance. Cashews are low in sugar and calories. Some milk may have added sugars, salt and thickeners too.