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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.

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