The Low Down on Milk/Mylk
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
Milk, with SO many options out there including dairy milk, nut milks and more, what is the best kind to use, and which should be avoided? Here is a breakdown of things you may want to consider!
Dairy Milk: There are many opinions on whether consuming dairy products are good for you, so here are some facts that will allow you to make up your own mind.
1. High in protein, including all 20 amino acids 2. Contains Vitamin D and Potassium
Cons: 1. At least 50% of the population is lactose intolerant, making Dairy very hard to digest 2. High in saturated Fat 3. Enhances your bodies mucus production, leading to inflammation 4. High in Vitamin A which reduces bone density and can lead to osteoporosis 5. In the USA Dairy has growth hormone 6. Cows are often pregnant year round so their milk contains high levels of estrogen
Rice, Almond, Hemp, Soy, Coconut, Oat and Cashew Milks:
With SO many alternatives to dairy milk, it can be confusing to say the least! Here are a few things you want to watch out for when you purchase your milk alternative:
Pros: 1. Contains vitamins, minerals 2. Low calorie 3. Low fat 4. Some contain fibre 5. Longer shelf life then dairy 6. Organic options available
These are tolerated by most individuals, and are a great alternative to dairy, however, where are some cons:
Cons: 1. Can contain a lot of sugar, so make sure you get the unsweetened kind 2. Because some are made from grains and nuts, food intolerances should be kept in mind 3. Low protein, so not a great way to get your protein intake for the day 4. Can be expensive 5. Soy products are known to be estrogen mimickers, so unless you are eating an organic fermented soy product, good idea to keep this off your menu 6. Can be watery and taste earthy
So there you have it! I personally do not eat dairy products and have noticed a huge difference in how I feel. I have gravitated toward's Hemp milk as my choice for alternative milk because of the slightly higher nutritional benefits, although you can taste the 'hemp' so beware! A great creamy milk tends to be rice or cashew milk, but make sure you get the unsweetened kind or it can be packed with sugar. ~ Monika xx