Once upon a time we had milk. And that was it. Now we’re faced with soy milk, coconut milk, rice, hemp, and almond “milks”–making a trip to the grocery store quite complicated. So lets discuss what everyone really wants to know: which is healthiest?
Food trends can drive consumers into a spiral of confusion, along with ever-changing nutrition recommendations that develop from the latest scientific findings. For example, cow’s milk is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, but only in the last 30 years have we discovered that saturated fat is a huge precursor to heart disease. All cow’s milk, except for skim, has saturated fat. It is the unfortunate common denominator that makes dairy products the bad guy–i.e. cheese, butter, ice cream.
The real deal. High in protein, rich with calcium, and fortified with vitamin D to assist with absorption of calcium. Low-fat and fat-free milks are great choices. All the calories in skim-milk come from protein and natural milk sugars called lactose. Instances where real dairy would not be a good choice would be for someone who is lactose-intolerant, has dairy allergies or is vegan. In these cases, plant-based milks are a great alternative.