Nondairy Alternatives for Milk

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Cow's milk is consumed by a lot of people for the sake of their diet. They are used in cereals, coffee, smoothie, or tea.

Even though it's a popular choice, some people chose not to drink milk due to personal preferences or for health reasons. If you're one of those who avoids milk, then there are several nondairy alternatives for you to choose from. This will help you enjoy the benefits without having to worry about the consequences it may have on you.

Here are a few recommendations if you don't want to have cow's milk in your system

1. Almond Milk - This kind of milk is made with whole almonds or almond water and water.

It comes with a light texture and tastes a bit sweet and nutty. You can add this to your coffee and tea or make it a substitute for the cow's milk that you use in desserts and other baked goods.

A cup of unsweetened almond milk contains 30-35 calories, 1g of protein, 2.5g of fat, and 1-2g of carbohydrates.

Unlike cow's milk, this one contains less than half the fat and less than a quarter of the calories. It is also lower in carbohydrates and protein content. This is also the best alternative for a low-calorie milk compared to the other ones.

The best thing about almond milk is that it's a natural source of vitamin E, which is a group of antioxidants that protects the body from substances that causes disease known as free radicals. On the other hand, this milk is a lesser concentrated source of beneficial nutrients found in whole almonds, which includes fiber, protein, and health fats.

2. Hemp Milk - This milk is a mixture of water and the seeds of the hemp plant, cannabis sativa.

The plant can be used to produce marijuana, but hemp milk and other related products won't produce the same mind-altering effects as marijuana. It only contains trace amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Hemp milk has a creamy consistency and comes with an earthy, nutty flavor. It can be used for coffee, cereal, and smoothies. This milk contains 83 calories, 1.3g of carbs, 4.7g of protein, and 7.3g of fat.

Hemp milk contains calcium and iron and is sometimes fortified with vitamins A, B12, D, and phosphorus. Most of the fat in this milk is unsaturated essential fatty acids, which includes linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid, which are used for building new membranes and tissues in the body.

Lastly, hemp milk doesn't contain gluten, lactose, and soy, which makes it perfect for anyone who is avoiding these components.

3. Oat Milk - This milk is simply a mixture of oats and water. Some manufacturers would add extra ingredients to the drink like oils, salt, and gums to produce a taste and texture that's desirable.

Oat milk comes with a naturally sweet and mild flavor. It can be used for cooking, and it goes well with cereals or in smoothies.

A cup of oat milk contains 140-170 calories, 19-29g of carbohydrates, 2.5-5g of protein, and 4.5-5g of fat.

The interesting thing about oat milk is that it is high in total fiber and beta-glucan, which is a soluble fiber that forms into a thick gel as it passes through the gut. The beta-glucan gel attaches itself to cholesterol, which reduces its consumption in the body. This can help lower the cholesterol levels especially those types that are linked to the increased risk of a heart disease.

4. Coconut Milk - This milk is made from water and the white flesh of brown coconuts. Coconut milk is a more diluted version of the usual coconut milk that is commonly used in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines.

Coconut milk comes with a sweet and creamy texture but subtle coconut flavor. A cup of this milk contains 45 calories, 4g of fat, 0 carbohydrates and 0 protein. This milk is known for having the lowest carbohydrate and protein content of all the nondairy milks. It is not ideal for those who requires a high amount of protein but can be suitable for anyone looking to reduce their carb intake.

90% of the calories from coconut milk is attributed to the saturated fat, which includes a type of saturated fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). According to research, MCTs can help reduce appetite, improve blood cholesterol levels, and can assist with weight loss more than other fats.

5. Cashew Milk - This milk is made from a mixture of water and cashew nuts or cashew butter. It comes with a rich and creamy texture and a sweet and subtle nutty flavor. You can use it as a creamer for coffee, thickening smoothies, and a substitute for cow's milk in desserts.

A cup of unsweetened cashew milk contains 25-50 calories, 1-2g of carbohydrates, 0-1g of protein, and 2-4g of fat. Since it's low in protein, cashew milk may not be recommended for those who requires a lot of protein in their diet.

But since it only contains 25-50 calories per cup, it can be a great low-calorie option for those who wants to reduce their daily calorie intake. Also, this nondairy milk is one of the easiest milks to make at home.

With these nondairy alternatives, you'll get to enjoy milk without any of its side effects on your body. For more information, you can ask Dr. Alex Tam of Vacaville. He's the owner of the top chiropractic and holistic clinic in the Solano county so it's a guarantee that you'll get the best answers and advice from him.


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