The Most Nutritionally Balanced Plant Based Milk Is...?

February 2, 2018

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In the world of nutritional value, noting tops cow's milk.  That's the findings of a recent review of the four most popular and unsweetened plant-based milk substitutes. Although billed as healthy as cow's milk, soy, rice, coconut, and almond milk is not as nutritionally balanced. Cow's milk is the most even, substantial blend of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, along with being a plentiful source of other nutrients. It also seems to have some germ-fighting potential, thanks to containing proteins that strengthen the immune system against infection. However many people are allergic and it's a no-no for vegans.  Nutritionally, soy milk is as close to the real thing with a great mix of nutrients, including some that might be cancer-preventing. The second most nutritionally balanced plant based milk is rice, which is almost as filling as dairy, but it doesn’t have as many nutrients and is especially sugary, containing almost three times as many carbohydrates as regular milk. Coconut milk contains plenty of good fats while being low in calories, but has little protein and its nutritional value starts fading away no less than 2 months after first being kept in storage. And almond milk has few nutrients to speak of, except for some healthy fats. So rotating around plant-based milks may not be a bad thing.  However avoid sweetened and flavored varieties as they can have as much sugar as your typical soft drink or fruit juice.

 

SOURCE: Gizmodo

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