Cow vs Almond Milk

cow vs almond milk

Almond milk is definitely a safe substitute for dairy milk for those who are lactose intolerant.  Almond milk is made from ground almonds and water and has been used since the middle ages.  Back in medieval times, because cow’s milk does not keep very long without being refrigerated, they would use almond milk instead.

Almond milk is high in vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium, manganese, phosphorous, selenium, and fiber.  It is also low in calories and fat.  Wow that’s a lot of good stuff!

Whole cow’s milk is high in protein, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D.  It is also high in fat, cholesterol, and saturated fat, which is not so good. 

Basically skim milk has the same benefits with a lower fat content.  Skim is by far a healthier choice than whole milk. Almond milk contains more iron than skim milk, but they contain about the same amount of fat.  When comparing to skim milk, almond milk has less grams of sugar, but more sodium than skim cow’s milk.

Almond milk has high levels of antioxidants, which slows down the signs of aging and can help prevent some types of cancer.  Everyone wants to look younger, right? If you are on a diet or trying to lose weight, almond milk is a better choice because of the smaller amount of calories and fat.  Really, the main thing cow’s milk has more of than almond milk is protein, which is still important to have every day.

Those who have nut allergies obviously should not drink almond milk because of a possible allergic reaction. I personally love almond milk in my cereal, smoothies, coffee, and just to drink straight with dinner or some good chocolate chip cookies.  The kind of almond milk I have gotten hooked on is unsweetened original, rather than the flavored kinds which just have more sugar added.


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