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What Kind of Milk Should You Drink?

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I can’t imagine what a milkman would have to carry around now with all of the choices we have. Finding what kind of milk you should be drinking does not have to be hard though; all of them offer great health benefits so you can’t pick the “wrong” one.

What Kind of Milk Should You Be Drinking?
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What Kind of Milk Should You Be Drinking?

Soy Milk

Soy milk has been popular since the nineties, but the effects of too much soy can be harmful to your health. So if you choose a soy product make sure you keep it to a couple of servings a week to get the health benefits without the risks. Soy milk packs a ton of heart-healthy fats like omega-3s, but it does have more calories as well (100-140 per cup). It also does not have as much protein as cow’s milk; however, it is a great choice for vegetarians or  those who are lactose intolerant. I personally don’t drink a  lot of soy because I find it upsets my stomach for some reason.

Skim

An glass of skim cow’s milk has about 80 calories, 8 grams protein, 300 mg calcium, and Vitamin D. It is also fat-free. While some extreme dieters mark cow’s milk as taboo, it can be quite healthy and help your exercise results. Olympians even drink it after workouts as a recovery formula because of it’s unique balance of minerals, sugars, and proteins.

Choosing the right one

Almond & Rice Milk (Explained by Joy Bauer)

Almond and rice milks come in sweetened and unsweetened varieties as well as a number of flavors, and the calories can vary quite a bit. The real difference between cow’s milk and almond/rice milk is the protein content. Almond and rice milks generally only have 1 gram protein per cup, which is considerably lower than cow’s milk (and soy). This is perfectly fine as long as you’re meeting your protein needs with other foods. And in terms of the calories, original rice milk has around 120 calories per cup; sweetened almond milks have anywhere from 60 to 120 calories per cup; and unsweetened almond milks have about 40 calories per cup. . — Joy Bauer

Coconut Milk

I tried this in my smoothies lately, but it is not as sweet as I expected it to be. I also had to see what part of the coconut the milk comes from; Livestrong says, “the coconut meat is squeezed to extract the liquid, called coconut cream, which is then mixed with water to produce coconut milk.” I thought that was pretty interesting but kind of gross. It is one of the lowest calorie choices, about 50 calories and also packs healthy fatty acids. It can help immunity against staph as well as other bacteria.

Which type of milk is your favorite?

I love vanilla almond. I usually buy the vanilla flavor (sweetened or unsweetened depending on my mood). I really like the thin consistency and flavor. I have never been a straight milk drinker, but it is great in smoothies and in my cereal. It took me months before adding it to my cereal, but it actually tastes really good! I dare you to try it!

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