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We live in a land of choices, particularly when it comes to the milk aisle.
You now have a dizzying array of milk options, including cow’s milk and milk made from plants, such as almonds, cashews, soy, peas, hemp, flax, rice, coconut and oats. All are offered in a variety of flavors!
To add further complexity, cow’s milk is available with extra protein and lower sugar content, lactose- free, or containing a specific type of protein. Although all of these beverages may be called milk, they differ widely in nutritional content.
In fact, the dairy industry has been trying to get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to crack down on the labeling of plant-based milks for nearly 20 years. In July 2018, the FDA put out a statement that the agency will look at the differences in nutritional content of traditional cow’s milk versus plant-based milk and the relation to public health.
So how do you choose the milk that best fits your nutritional needs and personal preferences? Below is a description of popular milks, and some pros and cons of each type from a nutritional standpoint.
Other factors to consider when choosing the best milk for you and your family are environmental and ethical concerns. As more people are trying to move toward a more plant-based diet, incorporating plant milk into your diet may be a good option for you.
Cow’s milk options include:
Plant-based milk options include:
There are lots of milk choices out there and they vary widely. You may want to try a milk that’s new to you and see if you find a new favorite!
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