Should I Drink Almond Milk? Or Soy Milk? Or Regular Milk?
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What is the benefit of milk?
Low fat dairy can be an important part of a complete diet for the following reasons:
Milk is an excellent source of calcium, providing 30% of the recommended daily intake. A product can be labeled as an excellent source of a nutrient if it contains 20% or more of the recommended daily intake for that nutrient. It can be labeled as a good source if it contains 10-19% of the recommended daily intake.
It is fortified with vitamin A and vitamin D,
It is also a good source of protein. One cup of milk contains 8 grams of protein.
However, many people have dairy intolerances, and with calcium and other nutrient fortification, milk alternatives can provide similar nutrients as milk.
Soy and rice milks have been around for many years, and more recently, almond, coconut, and even cashew milks have become very popular. The problem arises when misinformed people start giving advice on which milk alternative is the “best.” In order to help you make the right choice, we wanted to provide you with the basics.
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