Milk Alternatives and Associated Benefits
Milk alternatives have drastically risen in popularity in the past decade. From oat milk to coconut milk, there are plenty of options for those who are looking to transition to a dairy-free lifestyle for whatever reason they may have.
If you’re interested in trying something new that fits better within your calories/macros or that is a bit easier to digest, milk alternatives could be a great addition. Keep going to learn more about the benefits of plant-based milk, and find out which one is best for you.
Types of Milk Alternatives
There are many types of milk alternatives available for purchase today. Some are made with legumes, some with grains, and others with fruit such as coconut milk. The most popular milk alternatives include:
- Soy milk
- Almond milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut milk
- Cashew milk
- Rice milk
- Hemp milk
With the growing popularity of dairy-free diets, most of these milk alternatives are likely to be found at your local grocery store just as cow’s milk is. And with so many options, there’s sure to be an alternative that works for you.
Benefits of Non-Dairy Milk Alternatives
While dairy milk is rich in nutrients such as calcium, it is also naturally higher in calories than alternatives. Calories are not necessarily bad for you—in fact, they are a crucial part of a balanced diet—but consuming the right kind of calories is essential.
Plant-based milks like almond milk and coconut milk are naturally lower in calories, making them great options for those who are trying to lessen their caloric intake.
For comparison, 8oz of whole milk is roughly 150 calories, while the same size glasses of Almond or Oat milks are 60 calories (Almond Breeze Original) and 90 calories (Planet Oat Original). Not an enormous amount, but enough to give you some wiggle room in an otherwise tight regimen.
Naturally Lower Fat Content
In addition to containing fewer calories, milk alternatives tend to have a naturally lower fat content. While fat is also an essential part of a balanced diet, dairy milk can be loaded with saturated fat. Oat milk, almond milk, and rice milk all contain high levels of “good” fat (unsaturated) that your body needs to stay healthy.
Compared to dairy milk, plant-based milks measure up in many ways. Nutrients like calcium, and vitamins A, B, and D can be found in any milk alternative—plus, most plant-based milks are fortified with vitamins and minerals to match the nutritional value of dairy milk.
Who Benefits from Milk Alternatives?
Many people can benefit from the addition of milk alternatives into their diet.
Those who experience digestive issues such as lactose intolerance can reap all the benefits of dairy milk with a plant-based alternative. Dairy-free milks are also a great option for those who are trying to reach a specific dietary or fitness goal. Whether you’re looking for something low in fat or high in protein, there’s a plant-based milk for you.
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