Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Skinny on Milk

So I went and purchased the new Self magazine with Beyonce on the cover. While reading I noticed they had a great breakdown on the pros and cons of various types of milk that I thought was interesting. So I am going to share a little bit of what they talked about.

Cow's Milk (skim)

Pros: Loaded with calcium, protein, and potassisum, lowfat milk offers, for many people, the most nutritional bang for their buck.

Cons: This type of milk is off limits for vegans and those who are lactose-intolerant. To make matters worse there is some concern about the use of growth hormones or antibiotics in cow's feed. (Yuck!!)

Soy Milk (light)

Pros: Made from a mixture of heart-healthy soybeans and water, this nondairy vegan pick contains almost as much protein as soy milk.

Cons: Some studies have linked high soy intake to health conditions ranging from digestive ailments to reproductive disroders.

Almond Milk

Pros: This low-calorie drink boasts a whole milk-like texture and a big dose of antidoxidant vitamin E. It's sweet, nutty flavor is a excellent complement to coffee and breakfast cereal.

Cons: Though typically enriched wih calcium and vitamin D, almond milk loses fiber and protein during production.

Goat's Milk

Pros: The new non-vegan kid in the dairy aisle is easier to digest than cow's milk because it lacks a protein that can trigger allergies.

Cons: Goat's milk has more saturated fat than any of the other milk alternatives and a tangy taste that can take some getting used too.

Coconut Milk

Pros: This fresh blend of coconut pulp and water is fortified with vitamin B12 which promotes a healthy nervous system.

Cons: All 5 grams of fat in a serving are saturated (that's a third of the daiy limit for women on a 1,600-calories-per0day diet.) So take baby sips!!1

Rice Milk

Pros: Combine partially milled rice with water and you get the ultimate cholesterol-free hypoallergenic beverage, a savior for those avoiding soy, nuts, or dairy.

Cons: Rice milk has minimal amounts of protein and fiber and lots of carbs, 23 grams in one cup!!!

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