If you were to randomly survey the contents of American refrigerators, chances are you would consistently find a carton of milk in the fridge door. But as American interest in dairy alternatives grows, the market has exploded with varieties you wouldn't even imagine to exist...Hemp, Rice, Almond... (How do you milk an almond, anyway?! Alas, you can.. and you can sqeeze milk out of oats, too!)
We'd like to help you make the best choice for your family, so everyone dunk their cookies and gulp their cereal milk in good health. Here’s a brief look at what’s on the market, and how they shape up:
Your good old dairy milk tops the list in protein, calcium, and vitamin D. One glass has over 300mg of calcium, about one-third of the recommended daily value, and enough potassium for the body’s daily requirement. Skim milk has almost half the calories, none of the fat, and less than one-seventh of the cholesterol of whole milk.
ORGANIC COW’S MILK
In order for milk to be labeled “USDA Organic,” cow milk must meet four conditions. First, it has to come from cows that have not been treated with bovine growth hormone (BGH, which increases milk production) or antibiotics. The cow’s feed must not be grown using pesticides, and the cows must have “access to pasture.” The lack of chemicals seems to benefit both the cows and the consumers of their milk.
This milk contains an enzyme that allows people with lactose-intolerance to digest it without issues. It contains a comparable amount of nutrition and calories as regular skim milk, but may have a slightly different taste.