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Almond, Hemp, Oat Or Soy: Which Is The Best Cow’s Milk Alternative?

Previously, cow's milk is the go-to choice for people from all over the world. However, gone are the days of spending time in the farm and drinking it fresh. This is because according to a study from last year, the number of people eating and drinking it is slowly falling. Instead, more and more people are looking for alternative milk sourced from plants instead of animals. 

One reason for this may be due to increasing concern regarding the health risks of continuously consuming a lot of dairy. Not to mention the amount of people who have lactose intolerance. And while studies have found that a diet rich in dairy reduces the risk of colorectal cancer, more research still needs to be done to confirm this.

For those who are on the verge of ditching cow’s milk, Medical News Today has listed four alternatives to choose from. There really isn’t one best option out of the four of them, so choosing one will mostly be based on your dietary needs and preference. Read on to better understand each of them.

Hemp milk. One of the alternatives available today, hemp milk is usually made from hemp seeds, which are high in polyunsaturated fats. This means that when compared to cow’s milk, hemp beverages are low in calories and protein, especially when unflavored.

According to research, replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat can help decrease your cholesterol levels. And while hemp milk usually has an earthy taste and a chalky texture, there are store-bought varieties that are made with additional flavoring to make it more delicious.

Almond milk. Easily one of the most well-known cow’s milk alternatives today, almond milk is recognized as a great plant-based milk variety for children and adults who have milk intolerance and allergies. Compared to cow’s milk, it also has more unsaturated fat and less saturated fat, meaning it can help people lose weight. However, it also has low calories and proteins. Thankfully, you can add calcium to almond milk to make it even healthier.

Oat milk. Known for its wild creamy flavor, oat milk is commonly used in hot beverages, cereals and just plain drinks. However, it has the highest amount of carbs and calories in all of the plant-based milk varieties and is not recommended for people with celiac disease and glucose intolerance.

Soy milk. As the first-ever plant-based substitute, soy milk is easily the most common cow’s milk alternative. It also has the highest amount of protein out of all the alternatives listed. Manufacturers also usually add calcium and Vitamin D in it because it has high levels of oxalate and phytate, which help in calcium absorption. Soy milk also contains isoflavones, which are believed to have anticancer properties.

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