Are you trying to decide whether to drink cow’s milk or the alternatives of almond or coconut milk? Well, stop your research because I have all the answers for you! Cow’s milk has nine essential nutrients that are needed for the body, and you can even live solely on cow’s milk. Calcium, potassium, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin are the essential nutrients; each providing something important for the body. Even flavored milk gives us the same essential nutrients as white milk, so flavored milk is equally as healthy for you as it is delicious. You are probably thinking, well there is added sugar in flavored milk that isn’t in regular milk. Well according to drinkmainemilk.org, adding some sugar can actually improve the nutrients in the food and can help break them down.
Now, there are alternatives to cow’s milk, such as coconut milk. This is made by grating and soaking the coconut flesh in hot water. Cream gathers on the top and is skimmed off. The remaining liquid is extracted, and this is what becomes coconut milk. According to Medical News Today, coconut milk can help with weight loss, possibly lower cholesterol, and can aid the immune system. Another dairy milk alternative is almond milk, which can be a good choice if you have a dairy allergy because it doesn’t contain the allergens found in cow’s milk. Almond milk has added sugar and fortified nutrients because almond milk is just ground almonds mixed with water. Both of these options are good alternatives if you have a milk allergy to the proteins in the milk or if you are lactose intolerant, but neither of these have the same nine essential nutrients cow’s milk has.
All three choices for milk are good, but unless you are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy, cow’s milk is the milk for you. Next time you wonder what milk to buy at the grocery store, remember these facts and maybe go talk to a dairy farmer and learn more about it!
Nine essential nutrients:
Calcium: builds and sustains strong bones and teeth.
Vitamin D: absorbs calcium to build and sustain strong bones and teeth, also helps with inflammation.
Phosphorus: supports healthy tissue growth, works with calcium and vitamin D for bone strength.
Protein: essential nutrient that is used to rebuild, maintain, and repair body tissues.
Riboflavin: works with other nutrients to convert food into energy, plays a role in the development of the central nervous system.
Niacin: used in energy metabolism in the body, converts nutrients into energy to help the body’s enzymes function normally.
Pantothenic Acid: role in body’s energy cycles that converts carbohydrates, protein and fats to fuel.
Vitamin B-12: helps build red blood cells and maintain the central nervous system.
Vitamin A: promotes growth and is important for vision, healthy skin, and a healthy immune system.