Cow milk is increasingly getting suspicious and dangerous. There has been too much debate concerning the link between cow milk consumption and breast and prostate cancers as well as other health problems.
Dairy cows are subjected to widely-condemned living conditions and discussing their painful lives can make you nauseated and outraged. So you may want to consider other healthy alternatives, which are better for your personal health as well as the health of the planet.
If you need an alternative to cow’s milk, there are many substitutes available and we’ve chosen the 10 best healthier options for you.
1. Hemp milk
Did you know that hemp milk can complement all your cereals very well? This milk was named as one of Dr. Oz’s favorites. Hemp milk has a consistency that’s more like that of skim milk rather than the whole, with a slightly nutty taste. Hemp milk is also incredibly beneficial for you.
Hemp seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids (the alpha-linolenic acids) that help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Although hemp milk isn’t as good a source of protein as soy milk, it has a high nutritional value, including magnesium, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, iron, fiber, calcium, ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, and phytosterols.
Make sure to avoid any hemp milk that contains a thickening agent called carrageenan, which causes inflammation.
2. Camel milk
Camel milk can help with a variety of health problems, including autism, diabetes, and cancer. The health benefits of camel’s milk are countless and camels are known to be very personable and spunky animals. They make wonderful companions.
An amazingly surprising fact about camel milk is that it is similar to human mother’s milk. It is even used to treat HIV/AIDS in Somalia and Kenya and TB (tuberculosis) in Kazakhstan.
3. Almond milk
Almond milk is a low-calorie alternative to cow milk, surprisingly, it also contains small amounts of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. To avoid any harmful added ingredients, you can make your own homemade almond milk with blending raw almonds, water and a bit of sugar together.
However, there are some important issues you need to know about the production of almond milk. Almonds require plenty of water to produce, and the only state that commercially produces them is California, which is facing a severe drought.
Yet, almond milk doesn’t have the ethical issues that cow milk has. For example, animal mistreatment, fertilizers, methane and other greenhouse gases, etc.
4. Goat milk
Goat milk contains a little bit higher amount of fats, including calories, fat, and saturated fat. But, it has lower sugar levels by one gram than cow milk. Moreover, goat milk contains more protein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and D.
You may consider purchasing goat milk powder to make your own goat milk at home. Luckily, you can find goat milk in a can in the milk aisle in many grocery stores.
5. Rice milk
Rice milk is usually made with brown rice and is an ideal option in case you are allergic to soy or if you are lactose intolerant. Rice milk is also believed to be a great vegan substitute, however, it doesn’t contain a high amount protein. Also, its consistency is less thick than that of cow or soy milk.
6. Hazelnut milk
If you’re lactose intolerant, hazelnut milk could be a great option. In fact, hazelnut milk is made to have a similar texture to that of dairy cow milk and it’s a bit creamier and thicker than other milk alternatives.
Hazelnut milk is rich in protein, heart-healthy fats, vitamin E, B vitamins, oleic acid, zinc, iron, calcium, antioxidants, magnesium, and dietary fiber. Moreover, it tastes great with coffee. There are already a few options of this milk available on the market, including regular, blended with almonds, and chocolate.
It’s best to make your own homemade hazelnut milk, it’s really simple, all you need is hazelnuts, water, Himalayan salt, vanilla extract, maple syrup and, to make it thicker, add sunflower lecithin. You can even add chocolate if you want.
7. Flax milk
Flax milk is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which come from the cold-pressed flax oil. Omega 3s can help prevent many serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Amazingly, flax milk doesn’t contain any gluten, saturated fat, trans fat, lactose, cholesterol, or soy. It is naturally low in calories; yet, it can come in varieties that are more caloric, such as vanilla flax milk and sweetened flax milk. Furthermore, you shouldn’t rely on flax milk as a source of protein.
8. Oat milk
Oat milk is loaded with fiber compared to other milk products. According to a Swedish study, oat milk might lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), even oat milk that was deprived of insoluble fiber. Oat milk can also be made at home. All you need is a blender and a fine sieve.
You need to combine steel cut oats, cinnamon, sea salt, maple syrup and some vanilla extract. Let the oats soak for about 20 minutes before blending the ingredients together, and then drain the milk through the sieve to separate the oat pulp. Homemade oat milk is great because it obviously has no emulsifiers or thickeners.
9. Sheep milk
This may be really surprising, but sheep milk actually has more protein, calcium, fat, vitamin B12, vitamin C, carbs, magnesium, and folate than cow milk. Sheep’s milk is the 4th most produced milk worldwide right behind cow, goat, and buffalo.
This milk is highly nutritious and contains cancer-fighting ingredients like CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Sheep milk can be frozen and stored; as freezing doesn’t affect the milk’s cheese-making abilities.
10. Coconut milk
Coconut milk is high in fiber and minerals like iron, phosphorus, selenium, sodium, magnesium, calcium as well as vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6. Coconut milk is an amazing alternative to cow milk, as it is lactose-free and extremely healthy.
Milk warning: Before you buy any milk product, make sure to check the label for an ingredient called ‘calcium carbonate’. What you really need is an ingredient called ‘calcium phosphate’, which your body can absorb and digest better.
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