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May 28, 2012 1:11 PM
I like the low fat vanilla rice milk on my cereal, but there's no calcium so need to take a supplement. I use the original Silk coconut for cooking.
I quit drinking milk at 25 and - what a surprise! - my skin totally cleared up! Unfortunately, when you stop drinking milk, you lose the enzymes to digest it. Interestingly enough, I can still eat small amounts of cheese, yogurt or sour cream w/o adverse effects, but not regular milk or half & half. and I always use butter, not margarine. There is virtually no lactose in butter.
smile Every body is different, keep trying new stuff to see what works best for you.
May 28, 2012 1:11 PM
I persoanlly like Almond Milk it's pretty good especially Silk's PureAlmond Brand that line seems to taste pretty good. I also love Coconut Milk and Oat Milk which these are good for coffee. As for Soy Milk it's a big NO NO for me I throw it up as soon as I drink it. I haven't tired Rice Milk yet.
May 28, 2012 1:12 PM
I typically drink cow milk, but I also drink rice milk because I like the taste of it.
May 28, 2012 1:16 PM
Soymilk is a good source of protein... I have seen as much as 9 grams of protein per cup, for unsweetened plain soymilk. I use this often. On the other hand, it may not be as good of a choice for someone who is allergic to soy or has thyroid conditions.

Rice milk is less allergenic than soy, but most sweetened rice milk has a lot more calories than almond milk.

Coconut milk is a good source of medium chain fatty acids, which are good for you. I think the refrigerated coconut milk is healthier than canned, as the canned is much higher in fat and not as fresh.

There is also hempmilk as well, which is probably one of the healthiest options, and it has a good omega 3-6-9 balance.

I personally use a combo of soymilk, almondmilk, coconut milk, and hempmilk. (I get all of these in the plain version either unsweetened, or low sweetened. Often I throw them in cereal or in smoothies, so the extra sweetness is not needed.) The soymilk is for times when I want to up my protein, the almond milk is for when I want to keep my calories lower, the coconut milk is to throw in some healthier fats (or add it to a savory dish), and the hempmilk is also when I want some healthy fats with a bit of protein thrown in as well.
Edited by rkk1 On May 28, 2012 1:17 PM
May 28, 2012 1:17 PM
Not a fan of rice milk. I like almond and soy though, especially the Silk brand.
May 28, 2012 1:19 PM

What about real milk? That's all I drink.

Cause I'm lactose intolerant as eluded to in the OP ;-)
May 28, 2012 1:19 PM
I can't tolerate any animal milk or I would absolutely drink it. So, we use almond or coconut milk for all cooking and baking. We use the plain unsweetened for anything savory and the sweetened/ vanilla for baking. They always turn out great.
The rice milk had a very mild taste but is not nearly as nutritious as the almond/ coconut. Also, as others have said, because of the effects of soy on hormone production, we generally stay away from it. For butter we use earth balance. It doesn't contain any lactose or whey.
May 28, 2012 1:21 PM
I had no clue about the soy/estrogen connection... off to google ;-)
May 28, 2012 1:24 PM
I do drink some of the good ol' moo cow here and there, but I also have to watch my weight and can't go moo cow every time I want a glass of milk, so I have a carton of Silk True Almond unsweetened original for drinking, and it's only 30 calories a cup. (That's in Canada, 35 cals in the States I think.) I've had soy before and it's alright, but it has a tendency to leave a weird aftertaste and sometimes it curdles and the curds gather at the bottom of the glass (eccchh!!!) and I don't want cheese in my glass. I haven't tried rice milk, but I'm sure it's just as good as almond milk. Almond milk's good on cereal and oatmeal too, tried it.
May 28, 2012 1:25 PM
unsweeetened almond milk...for everything~ love itlove
May 28, 2012 1:29 PM
We have dairy allergies and lactose intolerance in my household, so we've been trying different kinds of milk. My children can't tell the difference between regular cow's milk and Natura Soy Milk (original).

I'd like to try SO Delicious Cocunut Milk, but I can't find anywhere locally that carry it :( I even asked a local grocery store, and they said they can't order it. Oh well.

Right now I'm drinking a mix of Almond Breeze and Natura Soy Milk, depending on what I'm in the mood for. Natura has Iron, Protein, Calcium and other good things (B12, etc). It's higher in calories than Almond Breeze (1 cup of Almond Breeze is 40 calories while 1 cup of Natura is 100 calories). But Almond Breeze is higher in sodium, so it depends on where my macros are.

I've substituted both in recipes and haven't had any problems.
May 28, 2012 1:38 PM
I like soy (Silk brand) on my Kashi cereal. Only use soy that is not GMO (genetically modified). I like that it has more protein. Almond milk is very good also.
May 28, 2012 1:39 PM

soy give me a gross after taste, it's to thick and way to sweet...I haven't tried rice milk though...i'm stuck on almond breeze 60 calories

loooooooooove it... makes bran cereal yummy
May 28, 2012 1:40 PM
i have been using recently silk light vanilla soy...replaced my creamer in my coffee...enjoy it :0)
May 28, 2012 1:41 PM
I like soy milk, coconut milk, and rice milk. Plain. Vanilla is always way too sweet for milk, imo.
May 28, 2012 1:43 PM
Almond milk, unsweetened.

I try to limit soy so no soy milk and rice milk has the consistency of water.

Coconut milk is also great. Very flavorful but high in saturated fat.
May 28, 2012 1:45 PM
I like coconut and soy milk. Usually don't keep soy milk in the house though because I don't want a lot of soy in my diet. Vanilla is my flavour of choice.
May 28, 2012 1:48 PM
I've been using soy milk for years without any ill effects. I use Eden Extra vanilla in my smoothies for more protein (its non-GMO, as are all Silk soy milks).

For cooking, I prefer plain unsweetened almond milk, and soy milk has it's own flavor, while almond milk is much milder. Rice milk is a bit on the sweet side, so it works in sweet recipes, as well.
May 28, 2012 1:48 PM

What about real milk? That's all I drink.

It's ok if it doesn't upset your tummy...oh and you don't mind the slaughter of newborn calves....
May 28, 2012 1:50 PM
I havent tried Rice milk.
But I like the taste of both Almond and Soy.
But I drink Plain unsweetened Soy milk the most because it has 8 G of Protein and Almond milk only has 1.
May 28, 2012 1:53 PM
May 28, 2012 1:53 PM
I love them all, Soy, almond, hazelnut and coconut. My question is how much of soy is too much, since I read two cups of soy is good for lowering general inflamation. I prefer to use soy since it has more protein then almond milk. Coconut milk is great for baking. I say use them all.
May 28, 2012 1:55 PM
Coconut milk is pretty good at Trader Joes, for smoothies its fantastic. Almond milk is my favorite, but coconut milk is a close second. I prefer original almond milk and coconut milk, but I try to drink the unsweetened version.
May 28, 2012 1:56 PM
I use soy milk for cooking and almond (vanilla) milk for cereal and protein shakes.
May 28, 2012 1:57 PM


What about real milk? That's all I drink.

It's ok if it doesn't upset your tummy...oh and you don't mind the slaughter of newborn calves....

I LOVE veal....


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