Milk is a staple beverage for many people, but non-dairy milk is the option for many due to personal choices or intolerances. Here are four things to keep in mind before you take the next sip
Beverages are known to be a key source of nutrients, and when it comes to nutrition, moms want to make informed choices for themselves and their kids. And as per recent findings by the United States Department of Agriculture, adults and kids take in about 400 calories per day as beverages.
With so many options available, it’s no surprise moms have questions. Some moms choose to serve alternatives to milk rather than real dairy milk, but it’s important to know that milk and non-dairy alternatives are not created equal.
In fact, these beverages differ in four key areas: nutrition, ingredient list, added sugars and taste.
1. Farm-fresh, real dairy milk is naturally nutrient-rich
Unlike many non-dairy milk alternatives , farm-fresh, real dairy milk is naturally nutrient rich. Milk naturally provides calcium, phosphorus, high-quality protein, potassium and B vitamins. It is also fortified with vitamins A and D, creating a nutrient powerhouse of nine essential nutrients. Non-dairy milk alternatives, on the other hand, vary in their nutritional profiles, some containing little to no naturally occurring nutrients, so most are fortified.
2. Dairy milk is simple
When you compare the ingredient list of milk to non-dairy alternatives, you may be surprised to find that many alternatives have 10 or more added ingredients, including salt, sugar or thickeners like gums. Dairy milk, a minimally processed and farm-fresh beverage, has just three ingredients: milk, vitamin A and vitamin D.
3. There are no added sugars in regular dairy milk
When you look at the nutrition label on a litre of milk, you will find sugar listed. However, that sugar is not added – it’s naturally occurring lactose. But people may not realise when a food or beverage has added sugar. For instance, many types of non-dairy milk, like almond milk, contain added sugar. Ingredients like cane sugar or cane juice on the ingredients list indicate sugar has been added to non-dairy milk.
4. Dairy milk has the taste kids – and chefs – love
Milk is the foundation for many classic recipes and tastes from around the world. From creamy macaroni and cheese to classic alfredo sauce and delectable crème brulee, milk adds dimension, accentuates flavour and serves as a decadent base to many of your favourite dishes. If you want to swap real dairy milk for another ingredient, remember that each non-dairy milk alternative has a different flavour, which can change the flavour profile or the consistency of your dishes, even for pancakes, oatmeal and smoothies.
To learn more about the differences between milk and non-dairy milk alternatives, visit milklife.com/knowyourmilk.
Source: Family Features