Got milk? But which kind?
Time was when milk meant dairy. But these days there’s a wide variety available for the taking. Would you like whole milk or soy? Rice or almond? If you’re even more choosy, pick up imported cashew, coconut and oat versions.
Each type of milk has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on a person’s diet, health and nutritional needs. Choosing a “milk” often boils down to taste preference, which varies from person to person. We give you the skinny on four types of milk. Make your choice prudently, keeping age and needs in mind.
This drink that we’ve all grown up on – the whole variety – is packed with nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamin A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin.
Good to Know
• Pick a variant that suits you – whole milk-toned milk or skim milk.
• Whole milk contains 8 grams of fat per cup, 8.5% non-fat milk solids, and 88% water.
• A cup of whole milk has 150 calories while a cup of skim milk has 80 calories.
• Fat-free milk has all of the nutritional benefits that whole milk offers sans the saturated fat and calories. Dietitians often recommend skim milk for the majority of their clients.
• The proteins and extra calories found in whole milk benefit infants and the elderly.
• Try a lactose-free version if you’re lactose intolerant.
Made from soybeans, this milk alternative is extremely popular with vegans and those who’re lactose intolerant.
Good to Know
• Soy milk is a good source of protein, potassium, vitamin A, B12 and D.
• It has the same amount of protein as cow’s milk but has a lower calorie content than whole milk.
• Soy milk has zero cholesterol and is low in saturated fat – the best bet for anyone with a heart condition.
• An overdose of soy isn’t recommended for those with a thyroid problem.
Soy Milk, 1 cup Calories: 100 Fat: 3.5 gm Carbs: 10 Fibre: 1 gm Sugar: 8 gm Protein: 6 gm Calcium: 300 mg
Made from ground almonds, almond milk is a variant that’s free from cholesterol and saturated fat.
Good to Know
• One of the many almond milk benefits is that it is extremely low in calories.
• It contains no saturated fat or cholesterol and is a good source of vitamins A and D.
• It’s naturally lactose-free.
• It’s not a good source of protein and is lacking in calcium unless fortified.
• Those allergic to almonds or nuts should avoid almond milk.
Made from milled rice and water, rice milk is a good choice for those with lactose or nut allergies.
Good to know
• Rice milk is not a natural source of either calcium or vitamin D but can be fortified.
• It is extremely high in carbs and very low in protein so best avoided by the elderly and athletes.