You want to know: Moooove over, cow’s milk. Over the last several years, an outpouring of alternative “milks” has filled up grocery store refrigerators, great news for anyone with a lactose intolerance or dairy allergy as well as those who simply want to drink in some fresh options. But which ones fit a healthy diet?
The dietitian says: Across the board, most milks are fortified with vitamins. Some plant-based milks also have additives to give them a richer texture. Since every milk type has both pros and cons, there’s not one best option, though you should go for the unsweetened versions wherever possible. When it comes to choosing the right milk for you, consider what your body tolerates, what you enjoy and what fits into your own balanced diet.
The takeaway: Deciding which milk will do your body good depends on your goals. When allergies are a concern, opt for oat or coconut milk, as almond, soy and cow’s milk land among the top eight major allergenic foods. If you’re trying to improve heart health, consider a low-fat cow’s milk or unsweetened plant-based milk other than coconut milk. For a dose of protein, turn to soy or cow’s milk.