I was recently interviewed by AARP Magazine for their August/September 2012 article on milk substitutes. I was happy to see the printed article included the information I provided regarding the statistics showing the growth and popularity of dairy milk alternatives. You can read the AARP article.
It is true, dairy milk alternatives are more popular than ever before and due to this popularity, the manufactures are creating a wide range of alternative milks using a variety of healthy, plant-based sources. I remember when I was a kid, there was dairy milk and that was about it. There was whole milk, low fat and of course the watery textured skim milk that was simply terrible. Who can effectively dunk a chocolate chip cookie in watery skim milk and enjoy it?? Not to mention that despite the marketing hype and government support, the breast milk from a cow is not the healthy drink it has claimed to be. It is well established in the nutritional journals that dairy milk has more health risks than benefits. I also like to remind my patients that drinking the breast milk from a cow is not a sound physiological habit. Remember, cow’s milk is designed for baby cows. Its formulated by nature to take a 60 pound newborn calf to an 800 pound animal in 8 months. This is not ideal for our human biological build. Also, we humans drink cow’s milk way past the weaning stage. Grown cows DO NOT DRINK MILK. There is no other animal on earth that drinks another species milk.
Many of the plant-based milk alternatives produced today provide the common “milk-based” nutrients like calcium, Vitamin D and B-12. but they also have additional health benefits such as Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients, while being cholesterol free and naturally low in fat. The milk alternatives fill a dietary void for those who do not drink cow’ milk, like those who are vegan, lactose intolerant or have high cholesterol. An added benefit to the increased popularity of the alternative milks is their accessibility. Most every food market now carries at least one dairy milk alternative. Natural food markets such as Sunflower Markets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s carry a large variety of alternative milks and flavors. It’s always a great idea to buy local so check with your locally owned natural food markets too.
Almond milk is my personal favorite alternative milk and there is nothing is better than home made. You can make your own organic, all-natural almond milk at home. Here is one of my recipes on my YouTube Channel: Organic Almond Milk. It’s quick, easy and has no preservatives or fillers. You can add more sweetness if you like and even add vanilla or chocolate. In fact, experiment with several variations of the recipe using your own tastes and creativity.
I encourage you to try all the different varieties of alternative milks to see which ones work for you. You will be amazed how many options are available and how good they taste. You can still have chocolate chip cookies and milk and now with added health benefits!! Enjoy
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Organic Almond Milk