Sunday, January 13, 2013

Udderly All About Milk

It’s no secret that much like the popular advertising campaign says, milk does the body good. And much like what your mother told you when you were a child, milk will help to make your bones strong and healthy. It is very important that both children and adults get enough calcium in their diets, and milk is typically the easiest way to achieve that. But with different allergies to consider and personal views on food and diets, it can be hard to figure out what milk choice is best for you. Here is a simple breakdown of three different types of milk options:
  1. Cow’s milk. Vitamin D milk that comes from cows is very heavy, creamy and full of fat. It’s also the milk option of choice for the majority of people, and the type that is most often given to children. Skim and low-fat milk versions are less thick and creamy than the full-fat version, having an almost water-like substance base. While both skim and low-fat milks are less caloric than full-fat milk, they do contain the same amount of calcium and they all are a significant source of protein. Those who are watching their calories and fat intake find it difficult to drink milk because of its high caloric and fat values.
  2. Soy milk. Soy milk is a viable milk option for those who are lactose intolerant, those looking for a different taste, or people who choose to eat and drink vegan. Soy milk comes from the soybean plant and can be lower in calories if it is unfortified; however, there isn’t a major calorie difference between soy milk and regular cow’s milk. In addition to the regular version of soy milk, you can also find vanilla and chocolate flavors as well. When looking at the nutritional statistics of soy milk, there aren’t as many nutrients as cow’s milk and it’s not a good source of protein. If you choose to drink soy milk, you may want to take supplements to make up for the lack of nutrients that are found in cow’s milk.

  3. Almond milk. Almond milk is derived from almonds and comes in several different flavors. As far as fat and calories go, almond milk is probably the lowest calorie option, and is a great choice for those people who are interested in cutting calories from their diet to lose weight. In addition to regular almond milk, you can also find almond milk in a vanilla flavor and options that are both sweetened and unsweetened. The unsweetened version has only about 40 calories a cup. Unfortunately, almond milk is not a good source for the nutrients that you find in real milk, and it isn’t a significant source of protein. If you choose to drink almond milk in place of regular milk, it is suggested that you take additional supplements to make up for lack of nutrients that are found in real milk.
Whether you are drinking your milk based on taste, calories or nutritional benefits, there are plenty of options to choose from. Choose the milk that is best for you, taking into consideration your personal views and nutritional needs. If you have more questions on what is best for you, ask your doctor for more help. Now grab a cold glass of milk and don’t forget the cookie!  Yum!

Provided by Elisabeth Wright
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