July 24, 2017

So what’s the difference???

You might question, what exactly is the difference between all those MILKS out there?

Regular, 2%, 1%, Fat Free, Skim, Chocolate, Rice, Coconut, Almond, Soy???

Well here is the SKINNY on all of it!!

Let’s start out with the one that as always been around…GOOD OL’ COW’S MILK:
Though Regular Milk is great for children under 2, kids over that age should be drinking 1% or 2% milk. It still has ALL the nutrients that regular milk has, just tons of less fat and lower in calories. A lot of people don’t know this, but Skim and Fat Free are THE SAME! Skim milk is basically milk in which the cream has been removed. Technically, 99.5% of all fat MUST be removed from it to be called SKIM/FAT FREE. It is lower in calories that all cow’s milk, approximately 80-90 calories a cup. It still is high in nutritional value containing 8g of protein, Riboflavin, Thiamine and Vitamin B12. Also high in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, selenium and phosphorus. Its also fortified with Vitamin D and Vitamin A.

Soy Milk has gotten a good and a bad rap. The good is that it is a choice for people who can not tolerate diary! It is created from soybeans steeped in water, crushed and then drained. It is fortified with iron and calcium and created with plant based protein (7-11g per cup). Here is the bad rap…some Soy Milk may contain Isoflavones, which mimic the side effects of estrogen, which in some woman can make them gain weight. Soy milk contains 83% less saturated fat than 2% milk and high Omega-3 & 6.
Coconut Milk, you know the one…it’s the one Jillian Michael endorses. And rightfully so! It’s a better alternative to Soy. It’s dairy-free, pesticide free and very heart healthy! Its low in calories but high in Calcium and Vitamin D. Unlike cow’s milk, you are not required to take a glass of coconut milk in order to reap its health benefits!! Its daily consumption recommended is around 14-15 g. This quantity is equivalent to a tablespoon of coconut milk. With all the nutrients that is in it, it is a VERY well rounded choice. The only thing about it, is that is very low in protein.

Rice Milk is made from boiled rice, brown rice syrup and brown rice starch. It is a great milk substitute for vegans, vegetarians (since it contains NO animal product) and people that have an intolerance for lactose and casein or gluten allergies. Unfortunately, it contains little calcium, little protein and NO vitamins, so almost all manufacturers fortify it with calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D to make its nutritional content fit like regular cow’s milk. It is very low in calories and fat; it contains just 3g of fat and approximately 140 calories per cup.

Almond Milk is made by mixing finely ground almonds with water, and then straining the solution to remove skins and chunks of nut flesh. Just like rice milk, it’s a great milk substitute for vegans, vegetarians (no animal product) and people that have an intolerance for lactose and casein or gluten allergies. It has been used since the Middle Ages as a substitute for cows milk, in things like cheese or butter, due to it’s lack or spoilage. It contains a range of essential vitamins and minerals, like magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, fiber, iron, zinc, phosphorous, calcium and vitamin E. Due to it’s high levels of vitamins and minerals that occur naturally, manufacturers see little need to fortify it. It is also effective in the prevention of cancer and can slow the signs of aging. At just 40 calories per cup and still amount 3g of fat, almond milk is a great choice! (And it’s the one I drink!)

The last thing about MILK…is watch out for the Sugar content. Though it is natural sugar (like in fruit)…sugar is still sugar. Remember this…the lower in FAT content the milk has, the HIGHER in sugar content it will have. Soy milk has a very low glycemic index, making it less likely to overstimulate blood sugar levels, which makes it a good choice in a diabetic diet. Rice milk is usually sweetened with rice syrup, evaporated cane juice, or another natural sweetener. Sugar content is found to be extremely low in all Coconut Milk.

So choose the MILK you prefer, but KNOW what you are drinking!! 🙂

 

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