Milk – The Era Of Too Many Choices!
Updated: Jul 8, 2021
Gone are the days where milk was simply milk. Some 50 years ago, rich, creamy full fat milk, nothing added, just milk, was delivered to your door and was what everyone drank. Wind the clock forward to today and suddenly we have more types of milk than we do days in the week! From cow’s milk to almond milk to A2 milk, our choices are endless! Yes it is great to have choice but like a lot of things when we have to many choices deciding which one is best can create some confusion. To help you decide what is best for you and your family read on to learn more about the different types of milk gracing your local supermarket shelf.
Almond Milk A very popular choice among those wanting to avoid dairy either by choice or need. A slightly nutty flavour and creamy texture make this milk a great addition to smoothies and desserts. Rich in vitamin E, which is key for strong immunity, healthy skin and eyes, and for protecting cells in your body from damage. Almond milk is much lower in protein and calcium compared to cow’s milk, therefore it is important to look for products with added calcium to ensure you are giving yourself the best opportunity to maintain your bone health. Choose unsweetened varieties to avoid added sugars, which will increase the number of calories and amount of sugar consumed.
Rice Milk Rice milk is a good option for individuals with an allergy to nuts or soy. Generally made from brown rice and water, like almond milk it is very low in protein and calcium, so where possible buy products with added calcium. Compared to almond milk, rice milk contains significantly more sugars, therefore be mindful of the amount you consume.
Oat Milk Made from oats, water and oat flour, oat milk is higher in protein than both almond and rice milk. Oats contain dietary fibre; therefore they are of benefit to our blood cholesterol levels. Although oat milk is low in sugars, per 250mL, it still contains ~30g total carbohydrates, making it a beverage more suited to those who are trying to lower their cholesterol but do not have weight or blood sugar level issues.
Soy Milk Probably one of the most common dairy milk alternatives. Compared to the other milk alternatives discussed, soy milk has a higher protein content,