The Pros and Cons of Drinking Nut Milk
By Genevieve Cunningham
Milk has long been a topic of controversy among health professionals. Some swear by its benefits while others claim that it only causes harm to your health as a whole. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, just as it is with every other controversial topic. If you’d rather play it safe, a great alternative is to look at milk made of nuts. If you want to figure out which nut milk is right for you, check out these advantages and disadvantages of each.
Coconut milk is a slightly sweeter, slightly thinner milk that provides plenty of nutrients to the body. This milk contains fiber, Vitamins C, E, and various forms of B. It also has high amounts of calcium and magnesium. One of the selling points of coconut milk for many people is that it is lactose free. So those suffering from a lactose intolerance may look to this milk as a great and healthy alternative. The downside is that coconut milk contains very little, if any, protein. So if milk is a significant portion of your protein for the day, you may need to look elsewhere.
Cashew milk is probably the least known of all of the choices mentioned. It’s literally made from cashews and filtered water. It contains the nutrients calcium as well as Vitamins A, E, and D. It’s also extremely low calorie, with only about 25 calories per cup! The downside? Cashew milk only contains 2 percent of the above mentioned nutrients, so you would still need to make sure your diet is plenty healthy elsewhere. And even though cashews are rich in protein, the process of turning them into milk generally strips them of it, so the milk contains far less protein than cow’s milk. Lastly, cashew milk often comes sweetened to improve the flavor. So if you aren’t keen on drinking your sugars, cashew milk might not be for you.
Almond milk is a popular option for many people. It’s easy to find and most people enjoy the flavor well enough. It contains many of the nutrients found in cashew milk, and is similar in texture. The downsides are similar as well. It contains only one gram of protein per glass, compared to cow milk’s eight grams. But on the bright side, all of the fat in almond milk is considered healthy.
Drinking milk is a personal decision, and only you and your doctor can determine whether it’s the right choice for you. But if you’re keen on staying away from dairy, these might be great alternatives. Give them a try to see if they work in your diet and lifestyle.