The New Milk!

Are you allergic or sensitive to milk? Or do you have a genetic intolerance to lactose (milk sugar)?

There are a variety of non dairy choices.  Last year US retail sales of plant based non dairy beverages such as soy, almond, rice, coconut and hemp milk reached a solid 1.3 billion.  Americans are looking for alternatives.  There are pro’s and con’s to the substitutes.

Here’s a quick list –

1.  Soy Milk

(+) has all the amino acids & high potassium content

(-) An Allergenic to certain people. Phyto-estrogenic-can raise the risk of hormonal imbalance (breast cancer, thyroid function, depression, infertility), along with GI immunity suppression and cognitive changes.

2.  Almond Milk

(+) High in vitamin E.  Antioxidants for cell wall which means protection against free radicals-think auto immune prevention and improved cognitive brain function. Lower in calories.

(-) Does not have the full amino acids, vitamins and minerals found in whole almonds.

3.  Coconut Milk

(+)  High in healthy saturated fats.  Has antibacterial qualities.  Increased energy.

(-)  Not a great source of protein.

4.  Rice Milk

(+)  Hypoallergenic

(-)  High in starch-high glycemic index.

5.  Hemp Milk

(+)  Free of common allergens.  Strong source of essential fatty acids.  Good source of iron & Magnesium.

In Health & Service,

Dr. Roland F. Phillips Jr., BA, BS, D.C.