If you go into a coffee shop or walk down the dairy aisle these days, we all know that there are so many milk choices to choose from!
But what is the best milk for us?
As an avid coffee drinker and a barista, choosing the milk for your coffee is a deliberation I see individuals go through everyday. To go 2% or Non-Fat? Or is it a soy kind of day?
And to be honest, as silly as it sounds, it is a hard choice.
Well first off, unless you are under the age of three (which to be reading this, we can safely assume that you are not) whole milk is not the answer. Whole milk is great for bone strengthening and brain development in infants, but once you are past there, it is just yummy.
But according to fitday.com, “A study in 2006 suggests that high intake of low fat or skim milk can impair a woman’s ability to ovulate whereas the intake of high fat dairy foods can improve female fertility. If you are planning for a
baby or currently pregnant, you should stick to drinking whole milk.”
So this is definitely something to keep in mind!!!
1% MilkTwo percent milk is a great inbetweeny if your tummy can tolerate it. It contains high levels of protein, calcium, Vitamin A and helps your maturing body fight against diseases such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
This milk is the best if your goal is to maintain weight, have dairy without having milk completely fat free. Drinking low fat milk is the best solution for preventing diseases; such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis.
Wanting to lose weight? Well… this milk lives up to its title. It has no fat, therefore you cannot put fat on from it. It does have less calories and some studies have shown that people feel “fuller for longer” after drinking skim milk. But the problem is because of the skimming process, most of the nutrients is lost, and you will have to make up for it with other food supplements.
Goat Milk is a great alternative for those who are not so much lactose intolerant, but too much milk makes you feel sick. Goat milk was the original alternative (back in the old days) for those who couldn’t drink milk, and it is surprising it did not grow in popularity much. It is extremely high in Omega 3. The only downside is that it does
If you are lactose intolerant, like 30 million Americans, this milk is the best alternative, because it is still from the cow! And it also has the same nutritional value of that of 2% milk.
If you are lactose intolerant this is a fantastic alternative, and it is a hunger fighter, so if you are after weight loss, this is another alternative.
But with soy, even with lactose tolerant people, it has been known to cause gas or stomach pains in some people, depending on your body. It has also been studied that it is affecting women’s hormone levels, so if you are trying to conceive this milk is not recommended.
This milk is growing extremely fast in popularity in recent years! It is perfect is you are lactose intolerant and soy intolerant! But it obviously, contains nut products and is quite pricey. Many people would agree that it is worth paying extra for. It also has a very nutty flavour, so you have to like nuts to want to drink it. This milk has been known for helping skin complexion because of its high Vitamin E content.
Rice milk is fantastic alternative if you cannot have dairy. But there are a few downsides to it. Although rich in vitamins, it is very low in protein and high in sugar. If you are after the healthiest alternative, this is not recommended.
So which milk is the best for you?
Obviously it depends what you are after and what stage you are up to in life.
Losing Weight? Non-fat milk. Trying to conceive? Whole milk. Trying to have good amounts of nutrients and enjoy your morning coffee? 1% or 2% milk. Lactose intolerant and want calcium? Lactaid-Free Milk.
– Jecca xox
- Tolerating Lactose Intolerance (healing.answers.com)
- Why milk is the ultimate post workout food. (lduance.wordpress.com)
- A question of milk (pelinti.wordpress.com)
- Healthy Choices: The Health Benefits of Rice Milk (vegetarian.answers.com)