There is a misconception that milk can only be from dairy cows. I believed this before I went vegan. Although I knew that there was something called soy milk or coconut milk, I never considered those as a substitute for my calcium that I get from dairy milk.
However as I grew older and became enlightened, I finally found out that dairy milk is not good for the human body. Apparently, large chunk of the human population does not have the necessary gastrointestinal enzymes to breakdown dairy milk. It’s no wonder people are lactose intolerant. Humans aren’t designed to drink the milk of another animal. It’s crazy when you think about it.
Instead of taking in dairy milk, it is better to have vegan milk alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, rice milk and coconut milks. These legumes, nut, grain and fruit choices are better for one’s health because it’s inherent nutritional benefits. It can be difficult to know the differences in this alternative milk options. This article is to make sure you know everything you need to know to make the right choices for you. Always know which milk option is best in every situation.
Among the several vegan milk alternatives, perhaps the most popular is soy milk. Even children these days are familiar with this beverage. From the name itself, soy milk is a product of soy beans after they have been soaked, ground and boiled. The nutrients that are provided by drinking soy milk are several.
Soy Milk provides around 10g protein per cup and is often fortified with calcium and vitamin D as well. Studies have shown that soy can help protect your health due to it’s phytoestrogen content. There are also studies that show too much soy can start to have a negative health effect. So if your diet also contains a lot of other soy products like tempeh or tofu you may want to limit your soy milk consumption and choose some of the other milk alternatives as well.
People mostly turn to vegan milk alternatives because of lactose intolerance. There are also those who are allergic to dairy milk because of certain proteins that are present in the milk. Almond milk is the perfect milk alternative for most people.
For one it keeps your digestive track going because of the fiber present. This means that the gastrointestinal system is able to do its job properly. Another benefit from drinking almond milk is that it is better in keeping the human bones strong because it has higher calcium content than dairy milk. At the same time, it keeps the heart healthy. For those who are trying a new diet plan, almond milk should be included because it is a good aid in weight management.
If you don’t see almond milk in your local grocery store, don’t worry, it can be made at home and it’s easy to do so. Here is an easy almond milk recipe you can make in minutes. If you are going to buy almond milk from the store make sure you read this article and learn what ingredient you should avoid. It is in some almond milks and it’s a dangerous carcinogen.
Within the United States, there have been issues regarding hemp milk. I have read in another article that people are apprehensive with the product because of a chemical compound that is present in marijuana which might also be present in hemp seeds, the source of hemp milk. However, this presumption is false. In fact, this chemical compound, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, is not found in hemp seeds.
Hemp Milk has several necessary vitamins and minerals such as A, E, B12, D, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and several others. These are important for the human body’s development and functioning. It also possesses all of the essential amino acids and to top it off, it has 0% cholesterol. Due to the presence of the aforementioned vitamins and minerals, it allows the strengthening of the immune system, making sure that the skin as well as the heart is healthy and it gives each individual an increase in mental capacity.
There are several ready-drink hemp milk products that are in various flavors such as vanilla, chocolate or plain but you can also make your own hemp milk. Image Source: flickr
On the next page, is a delicious vegan milk choice most vegans never even bother to try. We will explore the less known plant based milks on the next page and you will probably see something you never tried before. Continued on the next page below.