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  11 months ago

Best Non Dairy Substitutes for Milk

These days it seems like almost everything can be milked. From peas to nuts to grains, there’s all sorts of weird and wonderful milk alternatives to try.

Cow’s milk is great. It’s nutrient rich, providing high quality protein and essential vitamins and minerals like calcium, phosphorous and B vitamins.

However, dairy isn’t an option for everyone. Around 75% of the global population is lactose intolerant due to a deficiency in lactase (the enzyme that breaks down the lactose found in dairy products).

On top of that, many make the choice not to include dairy in their diet.

There are so many great alternative options out there. Non-dairy milks are super accessible and relatively cheap depending on which one you choose.

Here are the top 5 recommendations:

Soy milk has been around for ages and was a popular option for the dairy averse far before milk alternatives were trendy. This staple product is made from either soybeans or soy protein isolate, making it very rich in protein.

It’s also the cheapest of the bunch. Be sure to try out a few different brands until you find the one that you like, as the taste can vary drastically.

Another one that’s been on the scene for quite a while now is almond milk. Made from either whole almonds or almond butter, this milk is lower in carbs and protein and has a high vitamin E content.

To make sure that you’re getting almond milk’s full nutritional benefits, try to look for brands that have a 7%-15% almond content. Anything lower than that is basically just slightly nutty water.

This high fibre option seems to be everyone’s favourite at the moment. Oat milk is smooth and creamy, similar to cow’s milk.

The oats give it a slightly sweet and mild taste, making it a very versatile choice as it’ll go great in both your coffee and your cereal.

No, not the type you get in cans to put in your Thai curries. Drinkable coconut milk is made from the water and flesh of coconuts and is more diluted than its canned counterpart.

It’s creamy and has a very distinctive flavour – the coconut comes through pretty strongly, so make sure you’re a fan of the taste before giving this one a go. Coconut milk has virtually no protein or carb content, but it is packed full of healthy fats.

This is a great choice for anybody who suffers from multiple allergies as it’s the most hypoallergenic of the bunch. Both white and brown rice milk are on the shelves so you can choose according to your preference.

It’s not the most nutritionally valuable choice, but it is an easy to find and pretty affordable one.

Are you lactose intolerant and what are your best non dairy substitutes?


  11 months ago
I'm lactose tolerant


  11 months ago
I don't drink milk.....not even in my coffee


  11 months ago
I'm glad to say I love my cows milk. Have once had almond milk in coffee that wasnt too bad. But nothing can beat cows milk for me.


  11 months ago
it is just so sad that alternative milk is so much more expensive than cows milk. cows make milk for their calves like human mothers for their babies. for us to consume dairy the calves are taken from their mothers after birth and it is a heartbreaking thing to witness for anyone who loves animals. but even soy milk (the cheapest alternative) is 3 times as much as dairy. if more people were aware of the cruelty behind milk and consumed more of the alternatives the price of the alternatives will go down, but unfortunately most people don't care :(

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