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Drink Real Milk

28 Sep

milk-cow1GET REAL! That’s the advice from Men’s Health, when it comes to the milk you drink.

Not all non-dairy milks – milk alternatives – have the same nutrients as real milk, so it’s important to know how they compare.

Cow’s milk has 8 grams of protein and 12 grams of sugar per glass.  But that natural milk sugar (lactose) is absorbed more slowly than added sugar.

Sweetened almond milk (with water as its main ingredient) has 7 grams of sugar, zero lactose, ans 1 measly gram of protein.  That means you would have to drink 64 ounces of almond milk to get the same protein provided by just one glass of milk.  Hope you’re thirsty…

Check your ingredient labels. Real milk is remarkably simple — milk, typically with added vitamin A and D, so you always know what you get when you pour a glass. Other non-dairy milk options often have more than 10 ingredients, including added salt and sugar, and stabilizers and emulsifiers like locust bean gum, sunflower lecithin and gellan gum.

Non-dairy milk producers, like almond milk and rice milk, use different methods to fortify their products and there is no federal standard for these products on which nutrients they add or how much. All dairy milk provides the same nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, so unlike other non-dairy milks, you always know what you’ll get when you grab a glass of milk.

There’s just no substitute for milk. It’s naturally nutrient-rich like no other beverage.


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