Many of us grew up thinking that drinking milk contributed to strong bones and good health. While some people are now turning to non-dairy alternatives, milk still remains a staple in most people’s diet.

However, there are also a number of health risks associated with each variety of milk, whether they contain dairy or not. As a result, our fixation with milk may have a negatively impacted your health without your knowledge.

Here are some important facts to keep in mind during your next grocery shop.

Dairy Milk
– High in protein and calcium.
– Contains lactose.
– Non-organic milk may contain harmful synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics and hormones.
– Whey protein found in dairy milk is difficult for humans to digest and is often a related cause of asthma, eczema and gut discomfort.

Soy Milk
– High in calcium and protein.
– Contains little to no saturated fat.
– Some studies show soy milk may inhibit mineral and protein absorption.
– Many brands are heavily processed.

Coconut Milk
– Easily digestible.
– Low in cholesterol .
– Can used as a milk substitute or in cooking (curries and soups).
– Low in Protein.
– High in Fat (although reduced fat version are available).

Almond Milk
– High in several vitamins and minerals.
– Low in protein and vitamin B.
– Many brands are heavily processed.

While there is no ideal option, we understand that there is sometimes no avoiding milk. If and when you choose to enjoy milk, please remember the following.

1. Embrace organic options whenever possible.
2. The fewer the ingredients the better – always avoid heavily processed foods. When in doubt, make it yourself!
3. We don’t need milk to be healthy, so enjoy in moderation.

If you have any questions about healthy eating, book an appointment today.