07-18-2012, 02:37 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Re: Any Vegan or Non-Dairy people out there? I need advice!
We drink a combination of organic/non-GMO coconut and almond. To mix it up and because the fat content in coconut milk is a lot higher than in almond. I prefer taste of the coconut milk better by itself or with cereal. I generally use the almond milk for shakes. When DD is old enough that is what she will be drinking along with BF.
We do not drink cow milk. Besides the reasons listed below ( which we agree with) we are lactose intolerant.*
Dairy cows produce milk for 10 months after they give birth to a calf. They produce approximately eight gallons of milk per day. Some people believe that cow's milk is for calves and not for humans. It is true that the milk of mammals is specific to the needs of their young. There has been controversy over the care of dairy cows, what they are fed, how often they are milked, how healthy they are and whether they have hormones. According to the Harvard University Gazette, hormones in milk are dangerous. Often cows are still being milked when they are pregnant, and the estrogen goes into the milk fat. Excessive estrogen has been linked to certain cancers. *Milk contains lactose, a milk solid that some people cannot digest.
Coconut milk will vary in nutritional content based on the brand and flavor. One cup of unsweetened coconut milk has 50 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 milligrams of cholesterol, 1 gram of protein and 1 gram of carbohydrate. Many are enriched with calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-12, magnesium, folate, iron, selenium and zinc.*
Dairy milk with 2 percent fat contains 125 calories per cup, 8.53 grams of protein, 4.7 grams of fat, 20 milligrams of cholesterol and 12.18 grams of carbohydrates.*
Dairy milk =calcium 314 milligrams per cup. Skim milk with no milk fat has approximately 87 calories, which is still more than unsweetened coconut milk.*
Coconut milk has healthy fatty acids that are not found in dairy milk. Fifty percent of the fatty acids in coconut milk is lauric acid, which turns into monolaurin in your body. **Monolaurin has antiviral, antibacterial and antiprotozoal activity against strains of staphylococcus and listeria, according to a study by Dr. Mary G. Enig entitled, "Coconut: In Support of Good Health in the 21st Century."
Almond milk is a common alternative for cow's milk used by vegetarians, vegans and those with lactose intolerance. It is typically espoused to be healthier than other substitutes (for example, soy or rice milk) because it is very nutrient laden with many essential vitamins and minerals and high in mono-saturated fats. However, almonds are expensive and as a result most commercially distributed almond milks have a very low percentage of actual almonds in them, and they are supplemented with synthetic vitamins.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS
Almonds are extremely rich in magnesium, potassium and copper. They are also very high in vitamin E, selenium and calcium, which are anti-oxidants and may reduce the risk of various types of cancer. Almond milk made straight from ground almonds and water is very high in all of these vitamins.
CHOLESTEROL, FATS AND PROTEINS
Almond milk is very low in cholesterol when compared to cow's milk, largely due to the fact that while cow's milk is very high in saturated fats, almond milk is made up of mono-saturated and poly-unsaturated fats. As almond milk still has a large amount of proteins, making it an excellent alternative to cow's milk for anyone with a history of heart disease, high blood pressure or bad cholesterol.
GLUTEN AND LACTOSE
One of the advantages of almond milk is that it is entirely gluten and lactose free, so it can accommodate a variety of allergic sensitivities to those substances.