So you just discovered you are lactose intolerant… or perhaps you are looking to reduce your intake of dairy products. Whatever your reason is for cutting out milk from your diet, you should take comfort in knowing that there are milk substitutes that are dairy-free, and very tasty! Here are a few:
Healthy fat and good for your skin. Coconut milk is also good for your immune system as it has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. It can be used in baking, making soups or drank as is.
Almond Milk (And other nut milks)
Almond milk is one of the favored milk substitutes. It contains calcium, fiber and protein. Almond milk is also thick and has a similar consistency to cow’s milk that most are accustomed to. This makes it easy to almond for staple comfort foods such as cereal and smoothies. Almond milk can be easily made at home!
Rice milk is low in fat and unlike cow’s milk, does not contain lactose and cholesterol. It has a sweet taste which makes it a good option to use in baking. Commercial rice milks are often fortified with vitamins and minerals, helping to provide all of the recommendations of nutrients per serving when compared to cow’s milk.
Soy milk is another popular milk substitute, but is also one of the most controversial. Soy milk is high in vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber and essential fatty acids. Soy milk contains phytoestrogen, a plant hormone, than can reduce testosterone in men, therefore reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Phytoestrogen can also minimize post-menopausal symptoms in women and reduce the risk of osteoarthritis in women. On the other hand, studies have also advised on the risks of soy products that suggest soy can have a negative effect on the body. Dr. Mercola details the affects of soy in an article he wrote in which he provides that an alarming than 90 percent of soy beans grown in the United States are genetically modified.
If you have chosen to stray away from dairy, know that there are many options for you. Always discuss your dietary changes with your doctor to ensure you are choosing the options that are best for YOU!