Whether you’re lactose intolerant, looking to lose weight or even vegan, choosing a milk which works around your requirements but also offers the appropriate health benefits can often prove difficult to track down. We as consumers are often spoiled for choice since there are so many different varieties of milk available at the supermarket. So, how do you choose which one is best for body and your current lifestyle?
Full cream cow’s milk
Undoubtedly full-cream cow’s milk is one of the most popular choice’s for babies and growing bodies. It is the best source of calcium and is perfect to drink everyday since it provides approximately 8g of protein in each serving. However, full cream milk also contains high levels of fat and lactose sugar.
Ideal for anyone to drink before or after a workout, rice milk tastes sweet but unfortunately includes a large level of carbohydrates. Reserve rice milk for desserts and cheat meals since it is extremely filling.
Skim milk is healthier for teenagers and adults since it has less fat compared to the full-cream variety. Other health benefits include a Low Glycemic Index and less added cholesterol next to it’s full-cream counterpart. This also means it has a lower calorie content, and is ideal for anyone watching their figure.
Made from a mixture of water and soybeans, this is the number one source of non-dairy milk in Australia. Targeted to adults who are lactose intolerant or those who are looking for a healthy alternative since soy milk contains zero saturated fat.
This alternative to full-cream cow milk has traditionally been viewed as a healthier source of protein and calcium. Recent studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that low-fat or reduced-fat milk is extremely high in sugar and is actually worse than consuming full-cream milk.
Almond milk is a popular and sweet tasting lactose-free substitute which is packed with vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D for healthy bodies, but unfortunately only low levels of calcium. Although it is the healthiest out of the bunch so far because it contains the least amount of calories, and is perfect for anyone who wants to watch what they eat (or drink). Just make sure you’re getting the appropriate daily calcium intake from another source.
With such a large variety of milk products, it is most important to meet the body’s daily requirement of calcium. Large levels of calcium are also found in foods such as broccoli, almonds and fish.
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By Felicia Sapountzis