Milk and it’s alternatives. Which one is right for you?

November 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Nutrition Tips

For some, drinking regular old cow’s milks may pose some problems: especially if you have an allergy to dairy, are intolerant of lactose (the sugar found in milk) or just don’t like the taste of it! So how do you get nutrients like riboflavin, calcium and vitamin D normally found in milk that your body needs?

Why not explore other options we have in the market: soy milk, almond milk, rice milk and even hemp milk are all considered milk alternatives. All come in different flavors and varying fat content and do not contain cholesterol, dairy or lactose so may be more suitable for some folks.

But beware, in order to choose a true ‘milk alternative’ you have to choose wisely; here are some tips to help you choose a milk alternate:

#1. Almond and rice milk do not contain an equivalent amount of protein compared to cow’s milk so if you’re using these products, be sure you’ve got another source of protein included in your meal.

#2. ‘Natural’ milk alternatives may not be fortified.  Even cow’s milk has nutrients added (think vitamin D) and so be sure that your milk alternative clearly states that it is ‘fortified’ on its packaging.  If it does not the product is not a true ‘milk alternative’ and you should consider a different product.

#3. Soy milk naturally contains fibre and more riboflavin and folate than cow’s milk because soy milk is made from beans! Not a bad gig especially if you’re pregnant – you’ll need more of all these nutrients.

The next time you’re out shopping, why not check out some of these products: two cups per day will provide you with the nutrients you need and help to make your life a lot easier!