You already know that milk is loaded with calcium that builds strong bones (and can slim you down!), but are all milks created equally? There are lots of options and they are all very different. One pass through the dairy section of your local grocery store is enough to make anyone's head spin. What is soy milk? Does it have the same benefits as cow's milk? What about coconut milk? The list goes on and on! Let me help you sort it all out...
...Traditionally, milk is defined as "a fluid secreted by the mammary glands of females for the nourishment of their young," as is the case with cow's milk. However, milk can also be used to describe liquid resembling milk that is derived from a plant source, such as coconuts or soybeans. Plant-derived milk substitutes have gained popularity in recent years, leaving many consumers to wonder, "What are the nutritional differences between cow's milk and milk substitutes?" Let's look at the key nutrients.
Since milk substitutes tend to be more expensive, they may not be suitable for everyone. Flavor differences may also be an important factor. Whatever your preference, just remember that nutritional value is the bottom line.
Special thanks to Vanderbilt Dietetic Interns Lauren Bradford and Jacquie Sullivan for their help with this post.
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