Benefits Of Cow Milk Vs. Soy, Almond Milk: Are Milk Substitutes Healthier Than Dairy?

In Brit Lab’s new video, “Are Milk Substitutes Healthier Than Cow's Milk?” host Dr. Saleyha Ahsan compares dairy cow’s milk with two popular alternatives — almond and soy.

A whopping 65 percent of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, Ahsan states on the video. Considering that some people choose to avoid dairy and other animal products for ethical reasons, non-dairy milk products — made from almond, soy, coconut, cashew, rice, and hemp — are a helpful option.

Read: A Dairy Aisle Dilemma: Are Almond, Coconut, And Other Milks Actually Any Healthier?

Dairy and almond milks are both packed with protein, but soy barely has any. It's crucial that children get enough protein, but adults probably eat too much anyway.

Dairy, soy, and almond milks all have a ton of calcium. It's a natural component of cow’s milk, but added to non-dairy options.

What else does dairy milk offer? Iodine. Soy and almond milks don’t contain any. According to Ahsan, “children who have low levels of iodine are at risk of lower cognitive development.”

The host concludes that dairy milk is a “pretty underappreciated wonder drink,” but choose the milk that’s right for you.  

Want more information about how the health benefits from cow’s milk compare to those from alternative products? Watch the video above.

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