Milk is brilliant, right? At least Paul Whitehouse thinks so. To be fair in most of the Western world at some point there has been an advertising drive to promote the drinking of the white stuff. It’s delicious and it’s good for you but in this day and age, it has fallen out of fashion. So if you are lactose intolerant, vegan or just a bit of a hipster here are some of the best milk alternatives.
Louis Pasteur invented the pasteurisation process. It’s relatively simple and mainly involves heating it in order to kill off a lot of nasty bacteria that are contained in raw milk. The process gets rid of illness-inducing bacteria such as Salmonella, E Coli and Listeria. So there is a risk involved with drinking it straight from the cow. There are benefits though. It is rich in positive bacteria too which aids in digestion.
This is a great option if you are lactose intolerant as it doesn’t contain any lactose. It is good for vegans too. One big advantage this has is that it doesn’t have to be stored in the fridge. It is naturally fairly sweet and contains healthy fats such as omega three. Almonds are one of the best sources of calcium that doesn’t come from a dairy product. It is also possible to make your own.
Sometimes referred to as soy milk, is an okay alternative to the regular kind if you are intolerant to lactose or dairy. It is worth noting that it doesn’t have as many health benefits as some of the others on this list. However, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated and can be kept for a long time without going off.
Have a guess where this from. That’s right. Coconut milk is a great alternative. It is very nutritious. Of course, the biggest downside with this product is that it does taste like coconut. If you are cool with that then this might be for you. It is quite sweet too. However, if you can make your peace with that the health benefits make it worth your while.
I bet you didn’t realise that oats had nipples! Neither did we. This is proving quite popular in coffee these days due to its slightly sweet taste. It’s vegan-friendly if that’s your thing and often is enriched with extra calcium and vitamin D. D for delicious!
Yes, we mean that hemp. You know the naughty stuff! Don’t worry though it only contains trace amounts of the THC which offers marijuana (made from different parts of the plant) its psychoactive effect. As any good earth-loving hippy will tell you it comes packed with health benefits too including being protein-rich and loaded with healthy fats.
If your reason for avoiding dairy is allergies then this is the least likely to trigger you. This is a very carb heavy, protein light alternative. It is possibly the sweetest of the alternatives so it’s a great choice if you like fancy sweet coffees. It is also regularly fortified to pack it full of essential vitamins and minerals.
This isn’t just one kind of milk there are several types that may be given this title. Sometimes they are ultra-pasteurised (which is where the milk is heated far higher). Sometimes they are dairy-free and contains no cow milk whatsoever. They are always far sweeter than milk containing lactose and if you don’t like sweetness, say for instance in your coffee, this is probably a poor choice for you.