There has been a lot of buzz around milk, whether it’s good or bad. Honestly, I don’t know. I know if I do drink milk I go for high-quality & fresh milk. I don’t like the long-life milk. Compared to fresh milk it tastes like a*s.
I also don’t want to get into the discussion whether milk is good or bad, because as I said, I actually don’t know. If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to casein, the protein in milk, you should stop drinking and eat anything that contains those compounds, but if not, it’s your call.
Since I’m always open to new things I decided to give other milk a try. I tried rice milk, oat-milk, soy milk and almond milk. I don’t really like the first three for various reasons, one of them was taste. I did like the taste of almond milk, but there were also things that disturbed me.
You can buy most of those “milk-replacements” in the supermarket, organic or not, sweetened or unsweetened. That’s the first thing that drags down the quality of those products. If you sweeten them, they are not really healthy. (I once bought unsweetened almond milk in the supermarket, but when I read the label afterwards, I realized that it is sweetened with some form of syrup. I was really shocked.)
The second thing is that all of those milk are processed, even if you go for the unsweetened ones. I try to only buy unprocessed fresh foods, so that was another minus point for those milk. Normal milk is usually processed as well, but at least, it doesn’t have any additives.
That’s the third thing that prevents me from buying those products. They usually contain additives, for example, carrageenan.
Knowledge-base: Carrageenan is a popular additive that is used to create a uniform and creamy texture in products, i.e. soy milk, ice cream, yogurt or non-dairy milk. Although it’s approved by the FDA, many studies suggest reconsidering the use of carrageenan, since it can lead to inflammation, i.e. in the gut.
That’s why I personally and also many researchers think that those milk replacements are not as healthy as they are supposed to be. They’re using labels like “gluten-free”, “vegan”, and “lactose/dairy-free” to promote their healthiness, but, on the other hand, their using additives and added sugar.
Besides that, almond milk you can buy in the supermarket is often overpriced, since there are only a couple of almonds in there. The rest is water.
The reason I think you should sometimes switch your normal milk with almond milk is to increase the variety of the foods you eat, but you should make it yourself, which is actually really easy.
- Take a cup of almonds and soak them in water overnight.
- Drain the water and rinse the almonds.
- Add them to a blender. Add two cups of water and some cinnamon or vanilla bean.
- Blend. Enjoy.
Again, if you do drink milk, try to go for fresh milk from local farmers. It will taste better and is healthier than long-life milk.
Besides that, I think that milk should not be your main source of calcium. You can rather get it from green vegetables as the Harvard School of Public health recommends.
Increase the variety of your food, but also stick to natural foods.
Steps to take:
- Check if you can buy fresh milk in your area.
- Make homemade almond milk.