Whether it’s to top off our bowl of cereal in the morning or pour into a much-needed cup of coffee, most of us find ourselves reaching into the fridge for a bottle of milk at some time during the day. By default, we usually opt for cow’s milk – either skimmed, semi-skimmed, or whole – but could swapping to soy milk, almond milk, or cashew milk actually be more beneficial in terms of our health?
What’s Wrong With Cow’s Milk?
There are some who believe that cow’s milk can have many health benefits, and there are others who believe that the human body was never designed to digest milk from bovine animals. While we can’t say with any confidence which side is correct, what we do know is that there is a very high rate of lactose intolerance across the world – around 75 percent of the population are understood to have difficulty digesting cow’s milk – which should make us question whether or not it’s really all that good for us.
Although there is a lack of strong evidence, there are reports that suggest that cow’s milk can be associated with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, and metabolic syndrome. As milk alternatives are now readily available in supermarkets, many people are choosing to make the switch.
Benefits of Milk Alternatives
Almond milk is one of the most popular milk alternatives, and research shows that this type of milk could be beneficial in treating a number of conditions, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Moderate intake of soy milk could also serve to protect the breast, resulting in lower instances of breast cancer amongst women, and soy milk is also cited as being key to long term weight management.
Should I Switch?
Many of us have grown up drinking cow’s milk, so may not realise we have an intolerance or an allergy to the proteins. Even in those who feel generally healthy, switching to a milk alternative could significantly improve health, mood, and overall wellbeing.