Milk Does A Body Good

We have all heard the saying “milk does a body good” throughout our lives, but with all of the variations and types of milks out there these days, how are we supposed to know which milk does a body good the best?  I don’t know about you, but I often get overwhelmed when I hear about the ongoing list of milks: almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, cow’s milk, hormone-free cow’s milk, rice milk, goat’s milk, lactose-free milk…  How the heck am I supposed to know which one is best when everyday you hear more news about how terrible cow’s milk is for you but how great soy milk is, but then the next day you hear the opposite?

Because of my curiosity and just for the heck of it, I decided to do some research on the pros and cons of four different types of milks that I usually go back and forth about.  Below is what I have discovered (in a nutshell). 

Cow’s Milk  

Pros: High in Vitamin D, potassium, calcium, and protein.

Cons: Can be high in calories; can be packed with extra hormones; difficult to consume for those that are lactose intolerant

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Soy Milk

Pros: High in protein (comparable to cow’s milk); lactose-free; no cholesterol; low saturated fat

Cons: Often an acquired taste; can cause gas pains; may be connected to thyroid and reproductive system problems (if mass quantities are consumed); naturally lower in calcium compared to cow’s milk

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Rice Milk

Pros: Low in fat; no cholesterol; lactose, nut, and soy free; good source of magnesium, vitamins B, iron, copper, and antioxidants

Cons: Low in protein and calcium compared to cow’s milk

 

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Almond Milk

Pros: High in vitamins and minerals; low in calories and fat; no cholesterol; no saturated fat; lactose-free; high in calcium

Cons: Low in protein

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Now obviously this is a BRIEF overview of the pros and cons of these four different types of milks.  I could do an entire research paper on the pros and cons of each, but this is what I found in a nutshell.  My conclusion?  It’s not a bad idea to rotate them all.  Too much of any of them can be a bad thing – pretty much just like anything else in life, right? ;)  I mostly consume cow’s milk and (vanilla) soy milk, and I try my best to balance them out.  I also enjoy almond milk, but don’t buy a ton of it because of its price and lack of protein.  I guess the bottom line is that even too much of a good thing can be bad, so switch ‘em up! 

 

Questions:

  • What’s your favorite type of milk?
  • Do you rotate different milks or usually stick to one kind?
  • What are your thoughts on the many different types of milk out there?  

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. says

    IMO, any type of milk not cow’s milk is better. There are numerous studies out there citing the many issues with it but I mean…come on, cow’s milk is meant to make a baby cow big and strong. We stop drinking our mom’s breast milk infancy. Who got the bright idea to drink another mammal’s breast milk? Ick! I stick with soy milk for my coffee, almond milk for cooking, rice milk for treats and still need to try hemp milk. Haven’t gotten around to it yet but looking forward to it!

  2. says

    This is pretty interesting. I drink cow’s milk in my coffee, but in cereals and smoothies I’ll use almond milk. It’s more of a personal preference thing than a health concern– although I did switch off of soy milk because I heard about the hormone/thyroid problems it might be linked to.

    I love me some leche :) (Milk in Spanish)

  3. says

    I use almond milk the most because it’s low in calories and soy milk did give me some digestive problems. I usually don’t buy cow’s milk since I tend to not use it up in time, but I always get it in coffee drinks or when I visit home.

  4. says

    I love skim milk, but I don’t buy it because I never go through it fast enough before it expires. Lately I’ve been getting almond milk. I used to use vanilla soymilk, but with breast cancer in my family I don’t always want to consume too much soy! Interesting post :)

  5. says

    I LOVE almond milk. SO tasty to me. because of the lack of protein in it, however, I usually add some protein powder to whatever I am eating with it (oats, cereal, etc.). SO good!

    I drink chocolate milk after weight training, though!

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