Milk is one of the best ways to complete your nutritional needs but which one to pick from. If the answer is cow milk then what about those who are lactose intolerant? Well and Good took the expertise of Gillean Barkyoumb who is an MD, RD and a nutritionist and here’s the types of milk that you can choose from according to the kind of nutrition you need.
You can have cow’s milk to fulfil your daily intake of protein. “I don’t think we should be shaming cow’s milk. The high protein content from whey and casein helps build muscle, assists with weight maintenance, and keeps you fuller longer,” says Barkyoumb.
Fats are an important part of our diet and while you don’t want it coming from fried food that actually bad for you but you do need the good ones. The latter comes easily if you drink coconut milk. “What makes coconut milk stand out are the medium-chain triglycerides (fatty acids). Early research suggests that they may be used for energy before they’re stored,” she says.
One cup of almond milk contains only about 40 calories and is best if you’re trying to stay healthy and not gain weight at the same time. But Barkyoumb has some advice. “You want to be careful to really look at the label. Alongside the unsweetened cartons, you’ll find chocolate or vanilla options that contain more calories and sugar.”
This is specifically for vegan because hemp milk has high levels of omega-3 fat. This makes it a great non-meat source of the nutrient. “The only drawback is that it can be difficult to find, and it’s lower in protein and higher in calories than some of the other options,” she says.
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