The Top 5 Plant-Based Milks
Milks that are also animal products (like cows milk) are no longer the only types of milks available and deemed healthy for the human body. In recent years, more and more people have developed a condition called lactose intolerance. People with this condition react to the lactose found in dairy products, and this can make people feel very ill. Here we take a good look at the plant-based alternatives.
The potential health problems associated with cows milk have been widely documented. Doctors now accept that symptoms ranging from malaise to bloating and skin conditions may all be caused by the body’s reaction (or over reaction) to lactose. This has led to an increase in both the quantities and the varieties of the plant-based alternatives. More and more people are swapping animal milks for vegetable milks.
The benefits of plant-based milks
- Plant-based milks contain no lactose
- They contain no cholesterol
- They are low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated fats, which are good for preventing heart disease
- They are high in vitamin B
- They contain ideal ratios of sodium and potassium
- They suit people with intestinal issues such as constipation and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
This is a highly nutritious, nut-based milk, which is suitable for children (over 2 years of age) and is acceptable to vegans. Humans have been drinking almond milk since the middle ages, but it didn’t become popular in Western societies until the early 2000s. Almond milk is useful for:
- people who are anemic, weak, or who have liver problems
- brain health – it has a high potassium content
- aiding the prevention of osteoporosis – it has plenty of calcium
- helping keep your heart healthy – it has no cholesterol
- preventing constipation – it is high in fibre. This may also play a role in preventing colon cancer.
- providing many other nutrients, including vitamin E, magnesium, selenium, manganese, zinc, potassium, iron, and phosphorus.
Rice milk is not the same thing as “rice water”, which is a traditional remedy for diarrhea. Rice milk is made from grains of rice which are ground and cooked and then fermented. It is thought that rice milk:
- is light and sweet to drink
- is gluten-free.
- is easily digested by the human gut
- is very low in calories and is therefore better in a calorie-controlled diet than other milks.