Cashew To Hemp: The Best Milk Alternatives For Your Health

Because dairy is so over.

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Apart from avoiding dairy face there are many benefits to be felt from substituting cow's milk for dairy-free alternatives.

ALMOND MILK

Pros

Low calorie and low fat. Contains many of the same nutrients as cows milk, such as vitamin E.

Cons

Although it's made from nuts, almond milk has very little protein. The sweetened variety (often misleadingly billed as the 'original' version) can be loaded with sugar so opt for the unsweetened variety. Also some textures don't sit well in your cuppa. 

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CASHEW MILK

Pros

Similarly to almond milk, it's low in calories and fat. Some store-bought brands have added vitamins D, B12, A and calcium. The texture is also probably the closest to cow's milk so none of that curdly-watery nonsense you can get with other substitutes. 

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Cons

It can be quite a costly purchase, depending on what brand you go for, but equally, if you opt for making your own cashew milk, you need to know that you should increase the calorie count to about 250 calories per cup.

RICE MILK

Pros

Rice milk is a superior source of B vitamins and magnesium. It's packed with carbohydrates which makes it an excellent energising option. 

Cons

Rice is highly starchy, so is rice milk and so not suitable for diabetics. Rice milk may cause a sugar overload. Therefore, you may be much better off drinking cow, soy or almond milk.

COCONUT MILK

Pros

Coconut milk comes from the meat of the coconut, which is packed with healthy fats alongside vitamins, iron and fibre. Despite a high calorie content, it can help boost your metabolism and fat-burning ability.

Cons

The texture of most tinned coconut milks is more suitable for cooking and can be too thick for pouring. 

HEMP MILK

Pros

A good source of omega-3 fatty acids which promote a healthy heart and normal brain function. Hemp milk also provides more iron benefits. 

Cons

Lower in protein compared to soy or cow's milk. 

SOY MILK

Pros

Contains protein that rivals cow's milk. It also contains less sugar than cow's and contains phytoestrogen which can aid calcium absorption.

Cons

Soy milk has a controversial reputation due to the heavy amount of processing it goes through. The unfermented kinds of soy can also cause an imbalance of sex hormones for men and women, which have been linked to negative effects on fertility and the menstrual cycle, so it is worth monitoring your intake.

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