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).
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
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
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
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
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!
- 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?