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More about Milk and Healthy Milk Alternatives

Author: Cara Walsh

May 20, 2014

More about Milk and Healthy Milk Alternatives

Author: Cara Walsh

May 20, 2014

Just a few years ago, cow’s milk was pretty much your only dairy option in the grocery store. But now, dairy alternatives are becoming even more popular than regular milk. If you have intolerances to cow’s milk or soy products, any of these healthy milk alternatives can be a great solution, especially on a bowl of cereal in the morning.

There are many options to choose from and it can often be overwhelming trying to determine which is best for you and your family. Follow our recommendations below to find the best milk choice for your life!

The truth is each type of ‘milk’ offers a different positive health benefit. For example, soy and cow’s milk both contain 8 g of protein per serving. Almond milk is only 30 calories per cup—60 calories less than most other options. Hemp and flax seed milk both contain heart healthy omega 3&6 fatty acids.

When purchasing any milk or milk alternative—it is imperative to purchase the unsweetened version of the product. For example, sweetened vanilla almond milk has 80 calories and 13 grams of sugar, which is 50 calories and 13 grams of sugar more than the unsweetened version.

Also, there are usually 2 versions of milk alternatives to choose from, shelf stable or refrigerated. Either version is acceptable, if you drink the milk infrequently, it is probably better to purchase the shelf stable version. Just be sure to refrigerate after opening.

Milk alternatives are also great to cook with. You can replace any milk substitute with dairy milk when cooking or baking. When placing the milk into a recipe, feel free to purchase the cheapest version you can find. If you want to splurge on a more expensive brand, make that one be the one you drink plain or put on cereal.

It is also important to note that most milk products are fortified with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, D or calcium. This is a great way to get the extra nutrition you need.

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About the Author:

Cara Walsh
Counselor at The Carmel Mountain Ranch Medifast Weight Control Center
Cara Walsh is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Weight Control Counselor. Cara received her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science from San Diego State University and completed her dietetic internship to become a registered dietitian through the Utah State University. Cara is currently completing her Masters in Dietetic Administration through Utah State University. Cara has always had a passion for healthy eating and cooking. She loves to focus on how food can heal and provide nutrition-while tasting delicious. Cara thrives on helping others reach their full potential nutritionally. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to Pilates and running the boardwalk on the Pacific Ocean with her son and husband.

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