Plant Based Milk- An Alternative to Dairy Milk
Theses days, almost everyone I know is either allergic to dairy, is lactose intolerant, or as the trend is these days, must have gluten free food. Speaking of dairy-free, do you know that you can make milk that is plant based? You can make milk from the following plants- Soy, almond, rice milk, and coconut milk. I know what you are thinking: "There are nuts! I'm allergic to nuts!" Calm down.
First of all soy milk, from soy nuts, is a good source of natural vitamin A, vitamin B-12, potassium, and isoflavonoes. This quality is great for people who are lactose intolerant and need those much needed vitamins. Plus, the isoflavonoes produce the natural estrogen hormone which helps alleviate menopausal symptoms (WOMEN TAKE NOTE!). Plus, soy milk can be fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Thirdly, soy milk contains as much protein as cow's milk, with fewer calories. Perfect for those who are obsessed with staying fit. Fourth, unlike cow's milk, soy milk contains very little saturate fat. Weigh loss searchers out there, I present to you your alternative drink so, go crazy!
For those who have more than enough protein in their diet, almond milk is the milk of choice. As long as almond milk is unsweetened, it has lower calories that other milk types (sweet toothers, listen up!). Also, it has the added benefit of being saturated fat-free and naturally lactose-free. To the lactose intolerants out there, can I get a whoop, whoop?! Plus, it is a great drink for those in a vegan diet. Almond milk is a good source of vitamin A and can be fortified to be a good source of calcium and vitamin D as well. Even though, almond nuts is a good source of protein, almond milk is not. Plus, the milk may contain carrageenan, an additive used in manufactured almond milk today, that causes digestive issue in some people. Your best bet is to make the almond milk yourself to avoid this issue.
Coconut milk is another plant-based milk people can take. As an extra bonus, it is not a nut so, people with nut allergies can rest easy. For those who have allergies like there is no tomorrow, good news! Coconut milk rarely causes allergies. It can be fortified to be a good source of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. Its popularity is due to the the medium-chain triglycerides, a type of fat that coconut has that helps with weight loss. Nevertheless, the fat in coconut is saturated fat, so drink with care.
So far, I have discussed plant-based milk derived from nuts (and pseudo-nuts; 😉). Milk can also be derived from rice. Rice milk is the least allergenic of milk alternatives. Like other plant based milks, rice milk can be fortified to be a good source of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. As a carbohydrate, rice milk is naturally sweeter than other milk alternatives. Thus, rice milk is the least desirable choice for diabetes.
So now you know that there are other types of milk other besides dairy milk. You can watch how to make these plant-based milk sources at Youtube. It is easy, simple, inexpensive and most of all, fun! Enjoy.☺️