Whether you’re lactose intolerant, suffering from bad skin due to dairy (also known as “dairy face”) or simply want to add something new and healthy to your diet, there are lots of yummy milk alternatives you might want to consider adding to your cuppa or pouring on your cereal. So which should you try? Check out these milk alternatives to find your favourite…
One of the best known milk substitutes, soy is rich in protein just like cows milk and contains less of the sugar, the presence of phytoestrogen in soya milk can even help improve calcium absorption. However, in larger quantities, heavily processed soy can have an impact on hormone levels in both men and women, which means your intake should never be excessive.
Here’s a more unusual alternative. Derived from the hemp plant, this milk is high in brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids and extra iron compared to cows milk (although it also contains less protein) but also has a very distinctive sweetened “bean like” taste which isn’t for everyone.
Packed with magnesium and B vitamins, rice milk is reputed to be very tasty, but it’s high levels of starch mean it’s not a good fit for diabetics. The carbs in rice milk mean it’s not a diet option, but it is pretty yummy if you simply want to avoid cow’s milk.
Low fat, low calorie, often with added vitamins and with the same texture as cow’s milk, cashew milk is one of the “milkiest” of the milk substitutes. It is, however, a little pricey, so may not be the best option for anyone on a budget.
Do you have a favourite milk substitute? How do you rate almond and cashew milk? Have your say and recommend alternatives below.