Ever wanted to know the nutritional difference between cow's milk and some of the non-dairy milks? I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some of the nutritional difference between cow milk: non-fat, 1%, 2%, Whole, and non-dairy milks: rice, soy, almond, hemp, and oat.
The cow milk industry wants all of us to believe that milk does a body good, and I do believe that there are some great nutritional benefits to cow milk. However, there are many people who cannot drink cow milk either because of lactose intolerance, a milk allergy, or out of a values choice like vegan. I have a Type II allergy to cow and goat milk and have had to seek out other alternatives, and fortunately, there are plenty. So, let's take a look.
Parameters for the comparison
For this comparison, I chose brands that are widely popular in the US. Nutrition numbers can vary depending on the brand you get. This is just a basis. I used the typical information that most people seek which includes calories, fat, carbs, and protein. I added in sugars because the non-dairy milks can be high in sugars, and added in Calcium% because the benefit of cow milk that is highly emphasized is the calcium. All the non-dairy milks are "Plain" flavor. The numbers are all based on a 1 cup (8 fl oz) serving.
Here's the breakdown...
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