A helpful guide to non dairy milks
Posted on November 27 2017
1. Oat Milk
Oat milk is a very nutritious milk made from the grains of the oatmeal cereal. Oats are very immune system friendly; studies have proven that eating oats actually reduces the your “bad” cholesterol levels while raising your “good” cholesterol levels.
Oat milk is a powerhouse of protein, with around 4-5g of healthy plant protein per serving. It is also extremely high in soluble fiber, which allows for healthy digestion and promotes “regularity.”
Unfortunately, people with gluten intolerance should avoid oat milk; although oat does not regularly contain gluten itself, most oats in the US are grown in the same fields as wheat, and are thus regularly contaminated with wheat.
A milk that is rapidly rising in popularity, hemp milk, derived from the seeds of the hemp plant, is the preferred dairy alternative by a leading number of health experts, including Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Hemp milk is an incredibly healthy option noted for its ‘earthy’ taste (so, if you don’t like earthy, pour in a little sugar or sweetener to make it taste good, or blend it into a smoothie).
Hemp milk contains ten essential amino acids, making it an ideal choice for vegan athletes and bodybuilders of any dietary persuasion who are constantly needing to refuel and build muscle. Hemp milk also contains a very ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, and also contains a good deal of thiamin, niacin, calcium, fiber, potassium, etc. A great choice for the health-conscious person, hemp milk is a great way to get all of your essential vitamins and minerals.
3. Almond Milk
Possibly the most widely consumed milk and dairy alternative, almond milk is a creamy, sweet, healthy, and nutritional powerhouse among foods. Almond milk is guaranteed to make every blended smoothie have an edge of sweetness to it that it would not get from conventional milk. The fats in almond milk are healthy omega-6 fats and not saturated fats, which have been shown in studies to have a negative effect on cholesterol as well as on the heart.
Almond milk is also rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, which is crucial for staving off age-promoting free radicals.
Derived from the fruit of the exotic coconut, this milk has become a staple in the kitchens of health fanatics, dairy-free people, and vegans the world over. Coconut milk is rich in essential minerals, including manganese, selenium, copper, even zinc and iron (though plant-based iron is absorbed less than meat-based iron).
Coconut milk is also low in sugar, and does not even contain fructose, a common sugar found in many fruits, particularly grapes, blackberries, apples, and bananas. Although it is not as high in calcium as other vegan dairy milk alternatives, it is still a good source of calcium.
A staple among vegan, vegetarian, and health-conscious bodybuilders, soy milk, derived from edamame, provides more protein than a regular glass of milk as well as a decent amount of calcium. Soy milk also resembles the taste of regular milk more than conventional milk.
There is a great deal of debate about whether soy is a healthy option for people to consume. Certainly, people with soy allergies must stay away from soy milk. Otherwise, choose a soy milk that is free from GMOs and derived from organic edamame.
Soy milk is a great source of all of the following nutrients: manganese, magnesium, choline, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium.