Although milk substitutes or alternatives are known for being dairy-free and vegan-friendly, they each are enriched with different vitamins and minerals as well as offer various benefits.
So, how well do you know your milk substitutes and the nutritional and health benefits it has to offer?
Read to find out:
Oat Milk A dairy-free and vegan-friendly milk substitute. Due to the straining of the oats, this substitute generally lacks the nutrients a bowl of ats would offer. On the upside, oat milk contains beta-glucans that are believed to offer heart benefits and is enriched with nutrients, especially a higher count of vitamin B than what is found in almond milk.
Coconut Milk A dairy-free and vegan-friendly milk substitute, but coconut is known for being a high-calorie food. So, is it a heart-healthy choice? According to research, coconut milk increases HDL Cholesterol, which has anti-inflammatory properties and decreases LDL Cholesterol, which is deemed the bad cholesterol. It is also a good source of several vitamins and minerals like Potassium, Iron, and etcetera. Other benefits include weight-loss, healthy hair and skin, electrolyte balance, and a strengthened immune system.
Almond Milk A naturally lactose-free and vegan-friendly, nutritious, low-calorie milk substitute. Almond milk is low in sugar, which makes it suitable for those restricting their sugar intake and is high in vitamin E, Calcium, and vitamin D. As a milk substitute, that is low in Phosphorus and holds a moderate amount of Potassium, it is a suitable alternative for those reducing their intake due to chronic kidney disease. To top it all off, almond milk can be used in any way that regular milk can be used, making it easier to include in your diet!