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Milk Alternatives and Health Benefits

Milk Alternatives: Taste, Nutrition & When Not to Drink Them

With so many milk varieties (oat, soy, almond, rice. . .) on the shelves it can be awfully tricky to know what's good for you, what's not and what tastes best with that latte or bowl of cereal. Firstly, it must be said that cow's milk — full of calcium and protein — is like no other, but if you're lactose intolerant or going vegan, there are still many alternatives that can provide you with the right nutritional ingredients.

Soy milk (made from soybeans, of course) is one of the most-common dairy-alternatives on the market and for good reason. It's still high in calcium, protein, is lactose-free and contains no saturated fat. It's also a great choice if you're feeling sluggish, because the special magnesium ingredient can contribute to giving you a boost of energy and reducing tiredness and fatigue.

Almond milk is also creating a bit of buzz at the moment, with homemade options proving to be a hit. Almond milk contains more nutrients than some of the other milk alternatives like rice milk, but it also great for those who have allergies to soy. Vitamins A and E found in almonds means that each glass is doing your skin, eyes and hair a world of good and because it's low in saturated fat (0.1g per 100ml) it also means it's great for the waistline, too.

Rice milk (made from unsweetened brown rice) is also another great choice for non-dairy goers, but it's also not very high in protein or calcium. In this case, just look for a brand that is enriched with chickpea protein to get that extra calcium boost.

Oat milk is great if you're not a fan of the nutty flavour of soy, in fact if your go-to breakfast is a bowl of oats then we're sure you'll like the oaty flavour of this. Oat milk boasts a range of health benefits like containing many vitamins and minerals, but its popularity is also due to its high calcium content with one cup containing 36 percent of the recommended daily intake.

OK, so what we really want to know is what the milks taste like and what they're best used for, right? Let's take a look.

Source: Vitasoy
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