Friday, July 17, 2015

Which is better: Dairy or Milk Alternatives ?

Walk down the milk isle and now you have an array of "other" dairy options to choose from. Regular cow's milk is now just one of the many choices you can make and sometimes deciding what is the best can be a daunting task.The shelves are lined with a variety of milk alternatives made from nuts, seeds, and beans that also promise to do your body good. Whether you're lactose intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, or simply in search of a little dietary variety, these "milks" can offer a viable option to float your morning cereal.
So here are some dairy alternatives that you can try with your breakfast or anytime !
SaraBurda's photo.Almond Milk
-It's a dairy-free liquid is made from skinned almonds that are ground finely with water and then filtered to remove solids. It's one of the least-expensive milk options, and its mild nutty taste can enhance post-workout shakes, a bowl of cereal, pureed soups, or even a batch of protein muffins.Almond milk is free of saturated fat. It's also typically high in vitamin E.
Cashew Milk
-Cashew milk is often fortified with a range of useful nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, and zinc. Zinc plays a role in thousands of different enzymatic reactions in the human body, including those involved in testosterone production. However, there remains a question about how well the body absorbs vitamins and minerals added to dairy-free milks compared to what's naturally present in foods such as the calcium found in authentic milk.
Hemp Milk
-This groovy beverage is made by blending hemp seeds with water to produce a drink with a distinctive earthy-nutty flavor that can take a little bit of getting used to. Hemp milk delivers higher levels of omega-3 fat than other nondairy drinks. Hemp milk is also a dietary source of iron, which is absent in cow's milk. Required for delivering oxygen to muscles and brain cells, iron is necessary to keep your energy levels up on the gym floor and prevent brain fog. Unlike soy, hemp is never genetically modified, and it's an option for those who need to avoid common allergens like nuts, dairy, soy, or gluten.
Coconut Milk
-Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. It is a popular choice with vegans and makes a great base for smoothies, milkshakes or as a dairy alternative in baking.Coconut milk is different to coconut water. The latter has received a great deal of attention for it's perceived health benefits.The unique medium-chain-fatty acids (MCFAs) found in coconut are thought to increase metabolism, but their impact on tangible fat loss remains controversial.
Rice Milk
-This milk alternative is made by blending together cooked rice with water and then adding enzymes to convert starches to sugars. Rice milk's sweet undertones and smooth texture make it a popular nondairy option for coffee, smoothies, and desserts.Since rice is considered hypoallergenic, the drink it produces is a safe option for those with food sensitivities to dairy, nuts, or soy. As with other nondairy alternatives, rice milk is now often fortified with calcium and vitamin D to help maintain strong bones. But be sure to give the container a very good shake to help redistribute any added vitamins and mineral.
While you can often find these nondairy milks in natural-food stores and the health-food section of grocers, they shouldn't be considered healthy or "whole foods" in the same way nuts, seeds, vegetables, or even good old-fashioned milk are. While it's OK to consume them in moderation, you shouldn't always guzzle them back with expectations that they're ideal for your fitness goals. Each milk can serve a unique function, but due to the overall lack of protein, we're still willing to cry over real spilled milk!

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