With all the delicious and healthier alternatives, I’ve been wondering why people even drink or use cow’s milk anymore. I switched to almond milk to consume less dairy, and it tastes way better. It’s light yet creamy and has fewer calories, more vitamins, and just as much Calcium and Vitamin D as cow’s milk. I haven’t gotten into soy or coconut milk, but they are other very popular non-dairy choices. Recently, I stumbled upon a website called Well and Good NYC, and I found an article proclaiming hemp milk to be the best non-dairy alternative. Hemp Milk is rich in Omega 3 and 6 which are anti-inflammatory, and are great for brain and heart health. It also contains all the amino acids, and is a good source of protein, although not as high as cow’s milk. But, as I learned from the movie Forks Over Knives, consuming too much protein from animal products can rob the body of its calcium, which is used to break down the protein, making it almost pointless to drink cow’s milk as a source of calcium. Hemp milk has 50% of the daily value in 1 cup, compared with 40% of the belching and flatulating variety. It’s also rich in Riboflavin, Magnesium, Vitamin D, Phosphorus, and Vitamin B12, an important one for vegans because it’s usually consumed via meat. I tried Hemp Milk, from Pacific Natural Foods, in the Original Flavor, and I’m sorry to say it’s not as good as almond milk. It’s heavier, and the flavor is a little dull, but the health benefits are so great, I may have to forget about the taste and consistency. It’s not bad, I was just expecting it to be better, maybe I’ll try another company to see if theirs is different. I’ve only had one container so far, but will now buy it more because of all the healthful benefits.
There seem to be too many reasons to drink non-dairy milk, but if you really want milk from an animal, there’s still another option. Goat’s milk is very similar to that of a cow, but it has less lactose in it, so if you’re someone who is lactose-intolerant, or thinks they may be, goat’s milk is pretty safe, and it makes some spoon-lickin’ good yoghurt and ice cream. I love Laloo’s Vanilla Snowflake Goat’s Milk Ice Cream, I think it’s the best vanilla I’ve ever had. It’s incredibly light, and so flavorful; leave it out for 10 minutes or so and it becomes delightfully creamy. So good. And healthy too: a 140 cal, 1/2 cup serving gives you 15% Calcium, and 5g of protein. Laloo’s is based in Petaluma, but sells all over the US. There’s also Victory Garden in New York, which serves goat’s milk frozen yoghurt made from the milk of goats in nearby Connecticut, and adorned with Middle Eastern flavors and scents, like honey, pistachios, and Damascen Rose. (The picture is from their website.)
I think it’s time for cow’s milk to mooooove over.