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Milk - what are the choices?

With your breakfast on the cereals, in the first cup of tea and lots more, milk is part of our daily diet and there are now a huge increase in the amount of varieties not only cow’s milk that is on offer.

All claim to have different health benefits – what is true and what is just marketing to get you to buy them.

Should we be swapping the cow’s milk for a plant based type?

I acknowledge there are medical reasons for removing milk from your diet but this is not the case for most of us,

People can suffer with a “milk Allergy” which is a reaction to the protein in milk – and is not to be confused with lactose intolerance- where the person has an inability to break down the milk sugars.

Milk Allergies tend to be relatively common in children, most youngsters do grow out of it – however Lactose intolerance is rare, however some people may develop lactose intolerance as a result of an illness – particularly if that person suffered diarrhoea

These are the most common medical reasons for cutting milk from your diet and in these cases you may have had alternatives suggested to try.

However medical advice to one side, the next most common reason after veganism, people cut out milk is ethics –and it is becoming more and more common as the dairy industry is put under scrutiny, for conditions of both the animals and the farmers themselves. – Anyone who is excluding milk products from their diet, alternatives that are calcium enriched are really important to make sure that not only are their calcium levels kept to a good level but proteins are as well.

It could be just a matter of taste, some people just don’t like the taste of milk, preferring the alternatives –

There are no proven health benefits from excluding milk from your diet, but as will all things variety is the key, so why not mix it up a bit

What can I try?

Alternatives include, soya milk, almond milk ( and other nut milk) oat milk, coconut milk.

I advise caution with rice milk however it does contain some harmful products that should not be given to children.

All have their benefits

Soya and Oat milk are really good low fat options.

Almond milk is fortified with vitamin B12

And coconut milk is brilliant for baking

Some people find these milks don’t mix well into hot drinks, Hemp milk is best for this as it tends not to curdle.

So go experiment you may be pleasantly surprised.

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