Milk vs Almond milk – what should you have?
We’ve seen a lot of advertising pushing cows milk as the be all end all. There’s a few misconceptions about Milk vs Almond Milk and what we should be consuming.
Although studies have been performed, there’s no definitive answer but but some general guidelines.
Ever since switching to Almond milk, I find myself often answering the same questions and correcting the false information time and time again.
‘You need milk for your bones’
‘You’ll end up with osteoperosis!’
‘My best friends nan never drank milk and she has no hips left – how do you explain that?’
‘Almond milk? What next – lab grown in-vitro meat?’
What Is Calcium, and Where Do We Get It?
Calcium isn’t just in cows milk; as well as cruciferous veggies and legumes, you can find it within Almond milk and often at the same nutritional content.
The almond milk must be fortified for it to contain calcium.
– Cows Milk
– Almond Milk
– Cruciferous vegies
Growing Healthy Bones
You need calcium for your bones.
Up until age 30, as long as you have a high enough calcium intake, bone production exceeds bone destruction.
Consume your recommended daily intake of calcium from whatever source you wish.
What Is Osteoporosis?
In laymans terms, Osteoporosis is ‘porous bones’.
Regardless of your calcium intake, you will typically lose bone mass as you grow older. This is dependent on multiple factors such as how physically active you are, the level your hormones are at as well as genetic factors.
The Harvard study this information is based on.
Milk vs Almond Milk
Calcium is calcium, it does not matter where you get it from. Is there any downsides to switching to almond milk?
Cows milk is a lot higher in protein.
Some of the reasons people switch to almond milk:
– Prefferred taste
– Lactose intolerance
– High in saturated fats
– Lower calories (in some cases 1/3rd the amount of calories in almond milk compared to cows milk)
– Alleged hormones in milk
Which Milk is Healthier?
Both cows milk and almond milk contain the nutrients you need. Vitamin A, D, B and of course Calcium.
Cows milk has the upper hand with phosphorous but almond milk has vitamin E.
Almond milk is naturally lactose-free and does not contain hormones. It is possible to get
Just tell me what to drink, damn it!
It really comes down to personal preference. They can both do the same job.
Then there’s the chestnut of sustainability of almond farms and the ethics of farming cows milk for human consumption
– Do dairy farms use more water than almond farms?