Because November is Vegan Awareness Month, it’s a good time to talk about the milk substitutes available in the dining halls. A person may seek a dairy milk alternative for a variety of reasons, including veganism, lactose intolerance, and potential health issues (antibiotics, pesticides, and hormones).
Cow’s milk has an amazing nutrient profile from a nutritional standpoint. It’s high in protein, has a good balance of key minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, folate, and vitamin B12, and is vitamin D fortified (the sunshine vitamin). What milk alternative(s) compares or comes closest to the nutritional content of dairy? Soy and almond are the two most popular choices, and both are accessible at North and South Dining Halls.
For instance, a cup of low-fat dairy milk contains about 100 calories and 8 grams of protein. Soy milk comes the closest, with 95 calories and 7 to 12 grams of protein per cup. Almond milk has the fewest calories (30 to 50), as well as the least protein (1 gram per cup). Isoflavones, a type of phytonutrient found in soy milk, have been shown to have cancer-fighting qualities. Soy milk is high in polyunsaturated fat, which is good for your heart. Almond milk, on the other hand, is high in monounsaturated fats and vitamins A and E, which are good for your heart. Calories are the lowest, as mentioned above, but with fewer calories comes fewer nutrients. “It is fairly evident that nutritionally, soy milk is the greatest choice for replacing cow’s milk in the human diet,” according to a recent research published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology. They do admit, however, that almond milk is more popular than soy milk in terms of flavor.
It all boils down to personal preference and balance in the end. Calcium and vitamin D are routinely added to both milks. They’re both sweetened and unsweetened, and while they don’t have quite the nutritional punch that cow’s milk has, they can be excellent substitutes if you read labels and seek out other foods to make up for the nutrients you’re missing.
What is the healthiest milk?
Hemp milk is prepared from crushed, soaked hemp seeds that are free of the psychotropic ingredient found in Cannabis sativa plants.
Protein and omega-3 and omega-6 unsaturated fats are abundant in the seeds. As a result, hemp milk has a somewhat higher concentration of these nutrients than other plant milks.
Although hemp milk is almost carb-free, some brands include sweets, which raise the carb count. Make sure to read the ingredient label and get hemp or any other plant milk that hasn’t been sweetened.
On the ingredient label, sugar may be described as brown rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, or cane sugar.
The seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant are used to make hemp milk. While the drink isn’t psychotropic, it does include more healthful fats and protein than other plant milks.
Is it preferable to drink almond or soy milk if you’re trying to lose weight?
Isoflavones, a type of phytonutrient found in soy milk, have been shown to have cancer-fighting qualities. However, some people complain about its “beany smell,” according to the authors, and some scientists are concerned about “anti-nutrient” compounds naturally contained in soy, such as phytic acid, which can make it difficult for the body to absorb and digest key vitamins and minerals.
Almond milk, on the other hand, is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and low in calories (approximately 36 per cup). More of these healthy fats may help with weight reduction and management, according to the scientists, and they’ve also been found to lower LDLor “bad”cholesterol. Almond milk, on the other hand, is low in protein and carbs, making it nutritionally unbalanced compared to cow or soy milk.
Dairy-free coconut beverages, on the other hand, are protein-free. Even though it’s low in calories (approximately 45 per serving), saturated fat provides the majority of the energy. On the plus side, drinking this type of beverage has been linked to higher HDL (or “good”) cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol, according to the analysis.
Rice milk with a sweet flavor can be used as a substitute for persons who are allergic to soybeans and almonds, but it’s high in calories (133 per serving) and lacking in useful elements. According to research, “drinking of rice milk as a substitute for cow’s milk without sufficient care can result in malnutrition,” especially in babies, the authors noted.
Cow’s milk has roughly 158 calories per 8-ounce serving, with 8 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat (5.5 grams of saturated fat), and 11.5 grams of carbs, compared to the dairy alternatives. The authors claimed in their article that this is the “ideal nutrient content” for baby cows, and it’s identical to the nutrient makeup of human breast milk.
It is nutritious
Although almond milk does not compare to cow’s milk in terms of nutrition, enhanced products get close.
They usually contain extra vitamin D, calcium, and protein, making them nutritionally comparable to ordinary milk.
Almond milk, on the other hand, is naturally high in various vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin E.
The table below compares the amounts of a few nutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in a cup of enriched commercial almond milk versus a cup of low-fat cow’s milk, as well as some daily values (DV) (2, 3).
Is soy milk the healthiest milk on the market?
Soy is a wonderful source of plant-based protein that is low in fat. It is cholesterol-free, decreases LDL levels in the body, and has less saturated fat than cow’s milk. On the other hand, cow’s milk has more calcium than natural soy. Calcium, as we all know, aids in the formation of bones and the prevention of osteoporosis.
Which milk is the most effective for weight loss?
For most people, cow’s milk is the ideal option because it provides a good source of protein and calcium.
Switch to reduced-fat or skim milk if you’re attempting to lose weight.
Lactose intolerant people should choose lactose-free milk.
Soy milk is recommended for those who have a cow’s milk protein allergy or who eat a vegan or plant-based diet because it contains the majority of the nutrients found in cow’s milk.
Calcium and vitamin D are essential in all types of milk, so pick calcium- and vitamin D-fortified versions whenever possible.
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Is almond milk a good way to lose weight?
Plant-based beverages have fewer calories than traditional dairy milk. Switching to almond milk may help people lose weight by lowering their calorie intake (3).
Weight loss can typically be achieved or aided by reducing food energy consumption (4).
Depending on your goals, small switches from high-calorie items to low-calorie foods can be an efficient approach to reduce or maintain calorie intake (4).
A evaluation of 67 studies suggests that lowering dietary energy consumption may aid with weight loss (5).
Many commercial almond milks, on the other hand, are sweetened or flavored with added sugars, making them higher in calories. Varying brands may use different amounts of sugar, so if you’re concerned about sugar, examine the nutrition label and ingredient list.
Additionally, because unfiltered, handmade almond milk may include more almonds, it may be higher in calories.
Is it preferable to eat soy or almonds?
Soy milk has higher polyunsaturated fats, which are good for your heart. Almond milk is lower in calories and contains more heart-healthy monounsaturated fats than soy milk. Almond milk has a slightly higher salt content than soy milk, although neither milk includes lactose. Both milks have a low saturated fat content.
What’s the big deal about soy milk?
Soy also contains phytates, which are anti-nutrients that can prevent minerals like iodine, zinc, iron, magnesium, copper, and chromium from being absorbed. If you drink a lot of soy milk and eat a lot of soy-based processed goods, you’re more likely to develop nutritional deficiencies.
What are some of the drawbacks of soy milk?
Because of the added sugar, some forms of soy milk have a significant nutritional disadvantage. Added sugars increase your calorie intake without adding nutritious value to your diet, and they can raise your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Is it OK to drink almond milk every day?
Almond milk has seen a major surge in popularity over the last decade, owing to its popularity among millennials (via Refinery29). Whether you ask for almond milk in your Starbucks cup or add it to a smoothie, it’s simple to incorporate into your diet. Almond milk’s popularity is due to a variety of factors. Many lactose-intolerant people use it as a milk alternative, which can add up to a lot of people, especially since the National Institutes of Health estimates that 65 percent of people have difficulty digesting lactose.
Almond milk is an excellent dairy substitute for vegans, which is becoming increasingly popular (via Forbes). Furthermore, people enjoy the flavor. So, what happens if you add almond milk to your diet on a regular basis? It’s completely fine to drink unless you’re allergic to almonds (via PopSugar).