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August 24, 2012 6:32 AM
I use almond milk for breakfast. It's very low calorie and if you are having a bland cereal or something and you use the original almond milk (not unsweetened) then you don't require any sugar, artificial sweetener etc. Having said that, don't expect it to be lolly milk.
August 24, 2012 6:45 AM
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all natural goats milk is my fave


Where do you get this?
August 24, 2012 6:48 AM
Oat milk is a tasty vegan alternative to dairy milks, and it is also nutritious. Oat milk is made with pre-soaked oat groats, which are hulled grains broken into fragments. Oat milk features a mild, slightly sweet taste, which substitutes well for low-fat or skim milk. Oat milk can also be used in the same way as rice milk or soy milk. Western herbalists recommend oat milk as a tonic for the nervous system. Oat milk is very low in fat and lactose free.
Vitamins and Minerals
One benefit to drinking oat milk is its nutritional content. According to the website Soymilkquick.com, oat milk contains 10 minerals and 15 vitamins. Just a cup of oat milk contains 36 percent of the recommended daily allowance, or RDA, of calcium. Oat milk also contains 10 percent of the RDA for vitamin A, which is twice as much as cow's milk. If you suffer from anemia and are looking for vegan options for iron intake, one serving of oat milk contains 10 percent of the RDA.
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A surprising fact about oat milk is that it contains more calcium in one serving than regular cow's milk. Oat milk contains 36 percent of the RDA for calcium, while one serving of whole milk contains 28 percent. This fact allows you to get a good dose of calcium each day even if you are lactose intolerant, since oat milk is lactose-free. Many people who are lactose intolerant choose other sources for lactose-free milk, such as rice milk or soy milk. Oat milk might be a better choice for you, because it's typically cheaper to buy, or you can even make it yourself.
Low Fat
Not only is oat milk lactose-free and full of many vitamins and minerals, but if you are watching your weight, you will be happy to know that it is extremely low in fat. According to Fatsecret.com, one serving of oat milk contains only 2.5g of fat, and it has no saturated fat at all. Comparatively, one serving of whole milk contains 8g of fat and 5g of saturated fat. If you are worried about weight gain, you will be glad to know that oat milk is also lower in calories than many other types of milk.
Cholesterol Free
Since oat milk is made only from grains, it is a great option for vegetarians and vegans. Another benefit of drinking a grain-based beverage: no cholesterol; compare that with regular whole milk from cows, which contains 24mg of cholesterol per serving.
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References
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Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/267017-what-are-the-benefits-of-oat-milk/#ixzz24THSuKdN
August 24, 2012 6:50 AM
Unsweetened almond milk is best.
August 24, 2012 6:51 AM
Took me awhile to get used to it but I'm using Vanilla Almond Milk.
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August 24, 2012 6:51 AM
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I assume that you're a guy from your avatar, so I'd suggest staying away from soy milk. It has compounds that mimic estrogen. Almond milk is the way to go, IMO. I wouldn't avoid cow's milk because of "dangers". there's a LOT of FUD (f***ed up data) on the internet. It's good to limit cow's milk because it doesn't have a great protein to carbohydrate level.


Do you have a raw milk source??? We have a local certified oranic farm and they sell it, not sure of your location...but it really is very good. I also suggest unsweetened almond and unsweetneed coconut/almond blend (for smoothies). I don't drink milk any more and don't really eat cereal often (but if I did, the unsweetened (vanilla) almond milk is good in most nutty cereals. I use the unsweetened vanilla almond milk in my coffee.
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August 24, 2012 6:54 AM
Hemp is supposedly better than all of those, so I switched from rice milk to hemp. Almond milk isn' bad for you but to me, it flavors everything and I hate that taste. Commercial cows milk IS HORRIBLE. I don't think anyone should be allowed to drink it. I have bought my daughter some raw milk from a local farm bc she prefers it in cereal, raw milk is great for you.
August 24, 2012 7:00 AM
I stopped drinking cow's milk a few years ago, It does not agree with me. I have since lost the taste for it - I still eat plenty of cows milk dairy products, like cheese, yogurt and ice cream love

I was drinking soy for a long time but concerns about the estrogen lead me to look for alternatives.

I now drink mostly unsweetened vanila almond milk - though I still drink soy in my coffee when I go to coffee shops - usually 0.25 cups a day which I am OK with.
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August 24, 2012 7:06 AM
I drink soy. It has protein.

I have read all the info about estrogen, and wonder how the many men around the world who eat tofu daily don't gain breasts?

dunno. Not disagreeing with anyone's decision, just pondering how much soy is eaten by asians in so many forms....
August 24, 2012 7:23 AM
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I drink soy. It has protein.

I have read all the info about estrogen, and wonder how the many men around the world who eat tofu daily don't gain breasts?

dunno. Not disagreeing with anyone's decision, just pondering how much soy is eaten by asians in so many forms....

This always comes to my mind also. But you have to also think about the fact that they've eaten soy for a really long time. Just as many africans are lactose intolorant, asians might just be better at eating soy. I'm sure there's a better way I could have said that haha.

But it's an argument that's definitely got two sides .
August 24, 2012 7:27 AM
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Almond milk is fairly low on protein and calcium, so if you are using it instead of dairy milk, I would make sure that you get enogh of these nutrients from other sources.


Not true. Almond milk is a GREAT source of calcium. Much better than cow's milk.

Jon (OP), you don't need to worry about getting protein from your milk. You're getting plenty from other sources. The small amounts in your milk source are just icing on the cake :)
August 24, 2012 7:32 AM
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Almond milk is fairly low on protein and calcium, so if you are using it instead of dairy milk, I would make sure that you get enogh of these nutrients from other sources.


Not true. Almond milk is a GREAT source of calcium. Much better than cow's milk.

Jon (OP), you don't need to worry about getting protein from your milk. You're getting plenty from other sources. The small amounts in your milk source are just icing on the cake :)
For those who cannot consume cow's milk due to allergy or intolerance, almond milk serves as a safe alternative source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. If you can drink milk but desire an alternative, consider these factors in your comparison. Milk contains cholesterol, a type of lipid that increases your risk for heart disease. Almond milk does not. Milk contains a significant amount of fat, including saturated fat that also contributes to high blood cholesterol levels, depending on the type of milk you choose. Almond milk contains 2.5 g of fat with no saturated fat. Each 8 oz. serving of almond milk contains approximately 60 calories while the same serving size of 2 percent dairy milk contains approximately 140 calories per serving. Although cow's milk contains 10 g of protein per cup, the health advantages of almond milk may outweigh the fact that it contains less protein.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/461857-almond-milk-protein/#ixzz24TSZLwzs
August 24, 2012 7:35 AM
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Just wondering why you say as a male to stay away from soy? We have milk allergies and my son prefers soy so I am curious.


I'd be interested in knowing that too.


Soy milk has compounds that mimic estrogen, a female hormone.


Oh geez! This still??? Seriously?
August 24, 2012 7:38 AM
Just for what it's worth, even though there are potentially estrogenic effects of soy, this is still a matter of dosage. I don't think men need to run away from soy for fear that they'll grow boobs.

I probably wouldn't choose it as my main source of protein, but I also don't think it's necessary to avoid it entirely.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19524224
August 24, 2012 7:39 AM
i drink soy milk, but now im urged to try almond milk, so can't really say!
  15661675
August 24, 2012 7:41 AM
First of all, there are no dangers to drinking pasteurized organic milk. I agree with the warnings against soy milk in the better safe than sorry sense though, especially since soymilk is gross anyway. Almond milk is pretty tasty. So is hemp seed milk.
Edited by Espressocycle On August 24, 2012 7:42 AM
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August 24, 2012 7:52 AM
almond!!!! tastes the best too :)
August 24, 2012 7:52 AM
I don't touch anything with soy. It's been passed off as something healthy and I do not agree. I don't touch rice milk either, similar reasoning. I do have plain unsweetened almond milk occasionally.

However, I have coconut milk most often. I still do have full fat dairy, but in Canada, it's not allowed to have growth hormones in our milk (not that it's safe or healthy by any means!). However, I do have Mercola whey protein every week day. It's minimally processed and from grass fed cows. I think quality matters a lot.
  19823492
August 24, 2012 7:55 AM
Pretty much coconut milik products here, dairy and I don't get along and most of the others I really don't care for the aftertaste.
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August 24, 2012 7:59 AM
I tried rice milk but the brand I tried had a really bitter end taste, and I couldn't drink it without flavoring which wiped out most of the health benefits. I'm going to get some oat and almond milk next pay day and try those, but all the almond milks I've seen has really low levels of calcium and even the oat milk wasn't much better.
I've tried soy milk as well and I didn't like it, and hemp seed food isn't available here
August 24, 2012 8:01 AM
If you're looking for unprocessed stuff, there really isn't a good alternative. Cow's milk isn't overly processed, mostly just pasturized if you get organic.

However, I avoid soy milk (although I do eat soy in other products). It contains hormones that can mess with a female's ability to get pregnant.

I like Almond milk they add calcium to it, so they can say it has more than cow's milk. I'm not sure how well the human body absorbs calcium that has been added to foods, but as long as you have a balanced diet, it shouldn't matter.
Edited by beckajw On August 24, 2012 8:04 AM
  5444783
August 24, 2012 8:05 AM
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Almond milk is fairly low on protein and calcium, so if you are using it instead of dairy milk, I would make sure that you get enogh of these nutrients from other sources.


This is not correct - it has 50% MORE calcium than dairy milk. I personally drink the unsweet vanilla although if I could have the sugar, I would drink the sweetened vanilla. I LOVE almond milk. It is also low in carbs and calories. It IS lower in protein than dairy milk though.
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August 24, 2012 8:08 AM
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Almond milk is fairly low on protein and calcium, so if you are using it instead of dairy milk, I would make sure that you get enogh of these nutrients from other sources.


Not true. Almond milk is a GREAT source of calcium. Much better than cow's milk.

Jon (OP), you don't need to worry about getting protein from your milk. You're getting plenty from other sources. The small amounts in your milk source are just icing on the cake :)
For those who cannot consume cow's milk due to allergy or intolerance, almond milk serves as a safe alternative source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. If you can drink milk but desire an alternative, consider these factors in your comparison. Milk contains cholesterol, a type of lipid that increases your risk for heart disease. Almond milk does not. Milk contains a significant amount of fat, including saturated fat that also contributes to high blood cholesterol levels, depending on the type of milk you choose. Almond milk contains 2.5 g of fat with no saturated fat. Each 8 oz. serving of almond milk contains approximately 60 calories while the same serving size of 2 percent dairy milk contains approximately 140 calories per serving. Although cow's milk contains 10 g of protein per cup, the health advantages of almond milk may outweigh the fact that it contains less protein.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/461857-almond-milk-protein/#ixzz24TSZLwzs


The calcium in almond milk is added. The vitamin d is added to both cows milk nad almond milk. The fat comparison isn't really valid. You can get fat free cows milk. Likewise, your calorie comparison is off. You can get almond milk with as little as 35 calories per cup. Skim cows milk is about 80 calories per cup.

I like almond milk, but there is really no reason to forego cows milk unless you don't like it or are lactose intolerant. It is a good source of protein and dairy calcium has a lot of health benefits that they haven't been able to recreate in calcium additives.
  5444783
August 24, 2012 8:11 AM
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First of all, there are no dangers to drinking pasteurized organic milk. I agree with the warnings against soy milk in the better safe than sorry sense though, especially since soymilk is gross anyway. Almond milk is pretty tasty. So is hemp seed milk.


There's also no benefit to drinking pasteurized milk, no matter what kind it is. Pasteurizing kills the good stuff. With how commercial milk is gathered, trucks going farm to farm putting all the milk in one tank then processed in a plant, it has to be pasteurized unfortunately. So commercial milk sucks imo.

I live where I can't access raw milk, but if you have local farmers, and you're really nice and stay on the down low, they will probably sell you some... Say it's for your "pets". lol I used to get raw cream when I lived in Alberta, Canada. What a treat.

To those commenting that soy is safe and even "good" for us (more like ridiculing those of us that have reservations about it), keep having it, but please respect that others have a right to be informed that there may be cause for concern, then they can do their own research. Especially when so many people are giving it in large amounts to their children.
  19823492
August 24, 2012 8:15 AM
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Almond milk is fairly low on protein and calcium, so if you are using it instead of dairy milk, I would make sure that you get enogh of these nutrients from other sources.


This is not correct - it has 50% MORE calcium than dairy milk. I personally drink the unsweet vanilla although if I could have the sugar, I would drink the sweetened vanilla. I LOVE almond milk. It is also low in carbs and calories. It IS lower in protein than dairy milk though.


I think that most people drink almond milk that is fortified with calcium, so yeah it wouldn't be an issue then.

"Because calcium in almonds and rice are significantly lower compared with the previous two, milk made from these ingredients have a much lower calcium content. There are only 2 milligrams of calcium in an 8 ounce cup of plain almond milk, and less than 1 milligram is found in rice milk. Therefore, homemade or unfortified almond and rice milk should not be used to replace cows milk as a source of calcium."

And I agree that there are many other sources of protein, my point was to be mindful that alternative doesn't neccessarily mean equivalent nutrional factor.

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