OTHER WAYS TO MILK IT
If you can’t tolerate or prefer not to drink dairy milk, there’s a (confusing!) array of alternatives out there. Look for brands with added calcium and vitamins.
◆ Soya The best non-dairy option for protein, which is similar to milk. One 250ml glass provides 8g of soya protein, a third of the 25g experts say reduces cholesterol. It’s a good all-rounder for drinks and baking. ◆ Almond This doesn’t have the same benefits as many of the nutrients found in almonds, as they are not found in significant amounts in the milk. Low in protein.
◆ Coconut Most brands contain less than 1% protein. For a smoother taste, try Vita Coco, made with more coconut than other brands yet with only 2% fat, akin to semi-skimmed.
◆ Hemp Low in protein but with good levels of omega-3 fats. A 250ml glass contains half the recommended amount. (And it won’t get you high!)
◆ Oat Contains beta glucan, a soluble fibre; a 250ml glass has 1g, a third of the suggested daily intake for lowering cholesterol. Low in protein with a calorie content higher than other non-dairy milks. Good for coffee, tea and porridge.