Milk: Are Non-Dairy Alternatives Really More Beneficial?

Whether you have an intolerance, sensitivities or you’re actually just sick of drinking cow’s milk, you’re in luck, because the world of non-dairy milk alternatives is taking over. Today’s supermarkets provide us with a plethora of plant-based alternatives, especially when it comes to milk. Hemp, oat, almond, coconut, soy, pea, and the list goes on, it seems to be that you can make milk out of anything these days. However, it leaves us with the question; What is the most nutritionally elite dairy free milk? 

No. 5

Although coconut milk is both cholesterol-free and sodium-free it has been ranked last on our list. This delicious coconut concoction is lacking in protein, has no significant vitamins or minerals and is very high in calories. However, if you still want to indulge in a creamy coconut milk latte, then we have some good news because it has been said to improve cholesterol levels, protect cells from damage, and even possibly improve cognitive function. 

No. 4

Coming in second to last we have rice milk. This super cheap dairy free alternative is well known for always being on sale but for some reason doesn’t seem to fly off the shelves, however you may want to rethink your milks! Although it lacks protein, it makes up for it with its high levels of macro nutrients such as calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin D. Rice milks' impressive nutrients are known for improving bone health and strength, and preventing B12 and calcium deficiencies. 

No. 3

In third, we have Almond milk. This nutty alternative made from a super food has probably the most variety when it comes to flavours, it also has several amazing macronutrients that’ll put a smile on any dial. In one glass of almond milk you can expect to get around 45% of your daily recommended intake of calcium. Almond milk also contains a very healthy amount of vitamin E, which has been said to boost heart health, and help protect against various diseases including cancer, arthritis, diabetes and your skin! 

No. 2

Oat milk is coming in as a close second. Whether you DIY with oats, water and a blender, or opting for a premade version at the supermarket, this whole grain creamy goodness is packed with fibre, vitamins, specifically vitamin B, and minerals. It also has more protein than most other alternatives, which can be helpful for those vegan or dairy free individuals who are lacking in protein. 

No. 1

Coming in first place is Hemp milk! Made from hemp seeds that are an excellent source of protein, as well as omega 3 and omega 6 unsaturated fats. Hemp milk is a low calorie, carb-free, and nutrient rich substitute for dairy milk. 

Chrystie Mountain
Project Physique NZ

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