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Which milk is healthier – cows, almond, coconut, soy or rice milk?

Posted on November 8, 2012 in Blog, Nutrition Blogs | by
Regular pasteurized/homogenized milk is horrible for you…
 
When talking about the regular milk (no matter whether it’s skim, 2%, or whole) that you get at any shop or supermarket — which is almost ALL from factory farms where the cows are kept in horrendous conditions, poor health, and fed the wrong foods.Even if you find milk that is “organic” at your grocery store, it still has the problem that the homogenization process renders the fat molecules unhealthy within your body, and the pasteurization destroys beneficial enzymes that help the proper digestion of milk proteins and lactose.

Raw whole milk from grass-fed cows raised in a healthy manner, fed the correct foods, and treated right, is the ONLY source of healthy cows milk. 

And no, despite the propaganda you’ve been fed, raw milk is NOT dangerous… not when it comes from a clean grass-fed farm operation certified to produce raw milk and with healthy cows, but the fact that raw milk is the only healthy milk is a problem for many people because they simply can’t find a farm in their area that supplies raw milk.  So I’ve come up with a possible healthy alternative if you can’t find raw milk and want a good cows milk alternative

First of all, stay FAR, FAR away from soymilk! It’s a straight-up junk food. There’s an entire article on my website about soya milk.

 
What about Rice Milk?
No!  Way too much sugar and total carbs and almost ZERO protein. If you want to shoot your blood sugar through the roof, rice milk will do the job, and will pack on the blubber just as fast.Here’s one of the best options I’ve found…
 
Coconut Milk?
Now as you know from reading my blogs and newsletters, coconut fat is one of the healthiest fats you can consume… Yes, it’s saturated fat, but research has proven that it is a very healthy form of saturated fat, and is mostly medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) including lauric acid, which supports a strong immune system.The only problem is that this “coconut milk ” only has 1 gram of protein too.  This is one place where this milk lacks nutritionally.So here’s my solution… get a good quality vanilla whey protein and add to the milk. Now you have a milk alternative that’s high in healthy fats (MCTs in this case) and also quality protein, with only 1 gram of sugar per 8 oz serving!What about almond milk?
Actually, I don’t have a problem with almond milk as long as it’s not heavily sweetened with added sugars or artificial sweeteners.  I’ve seen almond milk brands that have unsweetened versions and only has 1 gram of sugar per 8oz, just like the coconut milk.  These unsweetened almond milks are actually pretty tasty… I think a bit better tasting than the coconut milk drinks in my opinion.The only problem with almond milk is that it is very low in protein similar to the coconut milk drinks. 

Adding the whey protein to almond milk would make a great mixture too and make it more balanced as a good healthy milk alternative.  I actually think the best tasting mixture might be to try mixing unsweetened almond milk with unsweetened coconut milk and then blending in a few scoops of vanilla whey protein in the blender to the whole mix.

By the way, one of the best whey proteins out there is Monkey Nutritions Whey protein. www.monkeynutrition.com

 
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