Are you considering a plant-based milk alternative? If so, you probably understand the dangers of dairy. Once upon a time (in the unfortunately not too distant past) you were told to get several servings of dairy each day. At least a couple of generations were raised on the "milk is good" nutrition attitude that in too many cases has caused health problems for so many of us.
Consuming dairy products can negatively affect various parts of the body.
Skin: Dairy consumption has been linked to acne. Cells: Dairy consumption has been linked to an increased risk for protrate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. Bones: Consuming three cups of milk per day increases women's risk for hip fractures by 60 percent Heart: Cheese is the top source of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet. Pancreas: Dairy maybe linked to type 1 diabetes. Digestion: 60% of people are lactose intolerant, which can cause bloating, cramping and diarrhea.
Milk Alternatives Plant-based milks provide calcium, vitamin D (when fortified), and potassium without any of the health risks posed by dairy milk. (DOWNLOAD INFOGRAPHIC)
Which Plant-Based Milk Alternative Should I Use?
If you're reading this short article, you are looking for answers. You understand that dairy milk can be replaced by milks made from a plant base. The problem is, you see these types of products everywhere. So, should you try soy milk or almond milk? What is the difference? Are there any other plant-based alternatives?
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Remember, most plant-based milk alternatives have less protein than dairy milk. The exception is soy milk. Look for versions with added protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and other wonderfully healthy nutrients. With more than 50 new milk substitute products as of 2015, you have a lot of choices. Just make sure to read the nutrition label on any type of milk product you buy, and try to steer clear of whole dairy milk whenever possible.