Which is the best milk?
The choices for milk are endless these days, but which milk is best? There is no one answer as everyone is different and everyone’s bodies tolerates (and likes) different things. To let you make your own decision, here’s a breakdown of what the different types of milks offer.
Nut and seed milks
Almond, cashew, Brazil nut, macadamia, walnut, sesame and hazelnut milks are big in health circles, and with good reason. Nuts and seeds are a great source of Omega 3 fats, which is vital balanced cholesterol levels.
The creamy and naturally sweet properties of coconut milk make it a top choice for many. However, coconut milk is particularly rich and does contain significant amount of fat. But the fat is a medium chain fatty acid, which converts to energy when the liver processes it.
A fruit seed full of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and plenty of plant based protein, it was only a matter of time when quinoa would be made into milk. The taste may be unpalatable to some but it’s a great dairy-free milk option.
Rice and oat milks
Rice and oat milks are easy to digest, don’t contain the protein and calcium found in other milks, and the flavour is gentle. A great option for people with lactose or nut intolerances.
While we were previously told to avoid fats in dairy, it’s become clear that if you can tolerate dairy, full cream milk is best to reap the nutrition benefits.
Soy contains phytoestrogens, which mimic the action of oestrogen in the body. This could throw out the balance of hormones in women. But if you love soy, aim to drink good quality, organically grown, non-GMO soybeans.
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