Guide To Different Kinds Of Milk

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Guide To Different Kinds Of Milk

Soy Milk

soy milk

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Soy milk, made from crushed soybeans, protein, water and oil, is 100% dairy free. The thick, creamy, uniquely delicious taste makes for an irresistible latte.

Benefits:

  • Less saturated fat & cholesterol than whole milk.
  • Less sugar than whole and skim milk.
  • Fewer calories: 1 cup of soy milk has about 80 calories. This is less than whole (146 calories) and about the same as skim (86 calories).
  • More fiber: 1 cup has about 1.5-2 grams of fiber, compared to none in whole, skim and almond milk.
  • Monounsaturated fatty acid: facilitates weight loss by preventing your intestines from absorbing fat.
  • Longer shelf life: Unrefrigerated, unopened soy milk lasts in the pantry for 6 months after the date of production, and in the fridge for about 7-10 days.

Downsides:

  • Protein: while soy milk does not contain as much regular protein as does whole, it contains tons of soy protein.
  • Phytoestrogens: because it is essentially a much weaker version of the estrogen hormone, some argue that consuming too much soy can lead to negative health outcomes involving cancer. But don’t panic – research that says this research is weak and unclear.

Almond Milk

almond milk

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Almond milk, a mixture of ground almonds and filtered water, is also 100% dairy free. Its crisp, refreshing and slightly sweet taste makes it my personal favorite.

Benefits:

  • Less saturated fat & cholesterol than whole and skim.
  • Less sugar than whole and skim, and about the same as soy.
  • Less calories: 1 cup has about 60 calories–less than soy, regular and skim milk.
  • Omega fatty acids: almond milk is high in healthy fats.
  • Vitamin D (for strong teeth, bones and immune system) and Vitamin E (for great skin).
  • Longer shelf life: Like soy milk, unrefrigerated, unopened almond milk lasts in the pantry for 6 months after the date of production, and in the fridge for about 7-10 days.

Downsides:

  • Less fiber than soy.
  • Less protein and calcium than whole, skim and soy milk.
  • More sodium than whole and skim.

Rice Milk

rice milk

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Rice milk, made from rice syrup, starch and boiled rice, is sometimes sweetened with sugar and vanilla, and is 100% dairy free. It has a slightly thinner and sweeter taste than regular milk, and less nutritional benefits than almond and soy milk.

Benefits

  • Less cholesterol & saturated fat than whole and skim.

Downsides

  • More carbs than whole, skim, soy and almond.
  • Less protein and calcium than whole, skim and soy.
  • More calories: 120 in 1 cup–more than than skim, almond and soy.
  • Less fiber than soy.

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