DON'T MILK IT!

31 Jul 2013

 Be smart! We all remember growing up our mums telling us, “Drink your milk so you have healthy teeth and bones”? But was she right? With new research, cow’s milk is no longer the top of the list. The health issues associated with the white stuff, which range from dairy intolerance to high cholesterol, breast cancer to diabetes is enough to put you off your daily cuppa for life. Not to mention the carbon footprint making cows milk neither the greenest nor healthiest milk available. Some people find cows milk difficult to digest, which causes bloating and a build of mucus (even wondered why your partner snores?). I’m going to explain the different alternatives available to you so you can make an informed choice and start feeling better.

ALTERNATIVES

Untitled1Soya Milk

Made from plants, this milk is packed with protein and fiber. It has little saturated fat, is cholesterol free and safe for those suffering from lactose intolerance or a milk allergy. According to fitday.com soya milk promotes weight loss with only 7 grams of sugar per cup as opposed 12 grams in cows milk, another delightful benefit of the bean. Some manufacturers add sugar to sweeten the taste so always read the packaging. Otherwise this plant-based beauty is a winner in my books.

For more interesting information on the benefits of soya milk click here.

(Also, click here to read Nikki’s post on her thought’s on soy products)

Untitled2Almond Milk

If you suffer from high cholesterol then this is the milk for you. Almond milk is also rich in magnesium, which is an essential mineral for staying healthy. It encourages the formation of healthy bones and teeth inclusive of detoxification and temperature regulation. While almond milk is low in calories (one cup has 60 calories) and has less sugar than its counterpart soya milk, it does lack many of the health benefits from protein and calcium that soya offers.

Untitled3Rice Milk

This is the most nutritious of all the milk substitutes. Rice milk is hypoallergenic and the least fattening of all, with only 1 gram of unsaturated fat per cup. Whilst lowering cholesterol the high magnesium content helps control blood pressure and red cell production is boosted due to the iron and copper content. In essence giving your body more vitality. However please beware if you have diabetes as this milk can cause a rapid sugar overload due to its starchy nature. It also has a very low protein count however that is not to discount its impressive benefits.

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Hemp Milk

You may not have heard a lot about Hemp or even heard of it for that matter but this powerful milk derived from the cannabis plant is remarkable. Its packed full of omega 3 fatty acids and its cholesterol free!!! So great if you are trying to lower your cholesterol levels. It beats cows milk hands down in the battle of calcium giving you a whopping 400milligrams per cup.

Untitled4Goat Milk

Velvety texture, more digestible than cows milk and it is reported to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. What’s not to love? It has 15% more calcium content than cow’s milk and is full of vitamin A and D, potassium, copper and manganese. It may taste a bit bitter but the benefits are clear. Goats are not treated with growth hormones like cows and produce less methane, which benefits out environment. Lactose intolerance sufferers will also be pleased with this alternative as goats milk is more easily absorbed than cows milk, leaving less undigested residue behind in the colon to ferment and cause the uncomfortable symptoms of the condition.

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I hope you have enjoyed learning about the different benefits of the alternatives to cows milk I have explored. Most of them can be found in your local supermarket, however milks such as the hemp milk are more likely to be found in your nearest health food store. Good luck finding your favourite alternative J

 written by Eshere Ward

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