Growing up we had one option for what we put in our cereal. Whole milk. We didn’t have the options we have today such as skim milk, 2% reduced fat, Almond milk, goat’s milk, rice milk, coconut milk and so on. It can be overwhelming to consumers when they are walking through the grocery store. They don’t know where to even begin!
Suddenly people that grew up with dietary restrictions or were lactose intolerant finally have alternative options that were never available to them before. So what do they get?
One of the best alternatives to cow’s milk is Almond milk. Almond milk is made from ground almonds and filtered water. It may also contain starches and thickeners to improve its consistency and shelf life. So it last longer!
Here are the pros of Almond Milk and Cons of Cow's Milk.
Pros of Almond Milk
- It’s low in calories and contains no saturated fat.
- It’s a good source of vitamin A and can be fortified to be a good source of calcium and vitamin D.
- It’s vegan and naturally lactose-free.
- Helps with weight management.
- Excellent food for keeping skin clear and glowing.
- Protects the intestinal wall and colon and helps to regulate the absorption of sugar and fats.
- Tastes delicious!
Cons of cow’s milk
- The versions that aren’t fat-free are higher in saturated fats and calories.
- The protein in cow’s milk is a common allergen for babies, children, and adults.
- Some people have ethical concerns about modern dairy farming practices.
- It has lactose which is the sugar in milk which is hard to digest.
- Dairy tends to promote growth of viruses and yeast in the gut.
- It has no naturally occurring vitamin D. Synthetic vitamin D is added to milk.
- IMLA recommends to remove dairy from diet completely.
There's much more information out there on the web that you can dig into, but for your own specific needs, we would advice you to sit down with a healthcare professional that will help guide you in the best direction for your health goals.