Good news for anyone out there who is allergic or sensitive to milk, or just plain doesn’t like the taste of the stuff: there are loads of healthy milk alternatives out there for you to try out! Whether you’re lactose intolerant or a new vegan, you’ve got aisles and aisles of options to replace your dairy milk with. Depending on your personal taste preferences, as well as what nutrients you need most in your diet, some milk alternatives will be more suited to your tastes and dietary needs than others will. These are some of the most common dairy alternatives you can find in your local grocery store today, along with a quick breakdown of its flavor profile and any potential health benefits it may have.
Soy milk has a whole eight grams of protein for every cup, making it the drink with the highest amount of protein among all dairy alternatives. Another added bonus of soy milk is that it’s completely vegan-friendly, making it an ideal option for many lifestyles. However, some people are turned off of soy milk by its taste, or lack thereof. Since soy is the product of a bean, you’re essentially drinking bean juice. Some people also report getting an upset stomach as a result of drinking soy milk, so proceed with caution.
This milk is generally much more well-tolerated by many people, and it’s a great alternative for those who are sensitive or allergic to nuts. It’s also another vegan option on this list. However, it has no protein and a high glycemic index, which makes it not so ideal for those trying to lose weight or cut back on sugar.
Almond milk is one of the most popular dairy alternatives, and most people agree that even the unsweetened versions taste good. Also, just one cup of unsweetened almond milk only contains about 30 calories. However, this drink needs to be avoided by those with nut allergies or sensitivities, and it’s surprisingly low in protein content.
The unsweetened versions of coconut milk are low in carbs and aren’t as loaded with sugar as some of the other alternative options on this list. Unfortunately, coconut milk is pretty high in saturated fat content, at about 4 grams per cup, and it’s not the kind of fat that’s healthy for you and essential for powering and fuelling your body.
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