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Top 10 Alternatives To Cows Milk

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  1. findingmyway

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    With so much talk about the evils of dairy recently, I thought I would offer alternatives. If anyone has tried these in place of cows milk, please share your thoughts and experiences........


    High in fat and with a carbon footprint to match, cow’s milk is neither the greenest or healthiest milk available. So what are the alternatives? Here are 10 of the best

    From greenhouse gas emissions to antibiotics, the problems associated with cow’s milk are legion. According to Tim Lang, Food Commissioner at the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC): 'The heavy footprint of the meat and dairy industry means it's right to prioritise exploring how, not just whether, over-consuming societies like the UK can reduce their meat and dairy consumption.' Then there are the health issues associated with the white stuff, which range from dairy intolerance through to high cholesterol. Loaded with calories and heavy on the saturated fat, cow’s milk certainly isn’t the diet conscious choice for putting in your cuppa. Milk does have some health benefits though – calcium for example – but that mineral aside, there are better choices that are both low in fat and good for the planet. Here’s our pick of the best alternatives to cow's milk.

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    Soya Milk

    Packed with protein and fibre, benefits of soya milk include the presence of cancer-fighting isoflavones, minimal saturated fat and the absence of galactose, which means that it can replace breast milk for galactosaemic children. It’s also safe for the lactose intolerant and anyone with a milk allergy. Because it comes from plants, there are no animal welfare issues associated with it and the growing soya plants absorb rather emit carbon – the direct opposite of dairy cows. There are some downsides though, chiefly that its sugar content can be high, particularly in the flavoured versions. Other issues include the increasing amount of land being used to farm it, which is leading to deforestation in some countries. However, its overall impact is still much less than that of cow’s milk, particularly when you choose an organic version.

    [​IMG]Almond Milk
    Almond milk is good source of magnesium, which helps to break down food can help with the function of the parathyroid glands, thus helping improve the health of your bones. It’s also loaded with manganese, selenium and Vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects the cell membranes. Selenium is good for our immune system; it helps in reproduction, and in the metabolism of thyroid. It also prevents cell damage and tissue damage. Almond milk is also a good source of unsaturated fat, protein, flavonoids and potassium, and has less sugar than soya milk. Like soya milk though, it has a smaller carbon footprint by virtue of being derived from a plant source rather than a methane producing animal one. However, it doesn’t taste like cows milk by any stretch of the imagination, so it takes some getting used to if you’re looking for a true milk substitute. It’s also significantly more expensive as almonds, a hard-to-grow crop, are the main ingredient.

    [​IMG]Rice Milk
    Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all the milk substitutes and is extremely nutritious. It’s also the least fattening of all the milk alternatives with only one gram of unsaturated fat per cup. There are also plenty of heart healthy nutrients in rice milk. The unsaturated fat comes from rice bran oil, which can help lower your blood cholesterol. Niacin and vitamin B6 are also good for this while the high magnesium content helps to control your blood pressure. Iron and copper increases your red blood cell production, giving you better oxygenated blood and more vitality. On the downside, since rice is highly starchy, so is rice milk. One cup of rice milk contains 33 grams of sugary carbohydrates, three to four times the amount in milk or soya milk. If you have diabetes, rice milk can cause a sudden sugar overload. It also has a very low protein count compared to cow’s milk and soya, and the calcium content is also minimal, so choose the fortified product instead.

    [​IMG]Goat Milk
    It’s not to everyone’s taste and it’s from an animal source, but goat’s milk has much to recommend it as an alternative to cow’s milk. Dan Buettner, the founder and author of The Blue Zones, reports that the people of Sardinia, one of four places in the world where people routinely live to be 100 years old or more, regularly drink goat’s milk, and it’s also reported to protect against Alzheimer’s disease. It has 15 percent more calcium, and more vitamin A and D, potassium, copper and manganese than cow’s milk. It is also a good source of phosphorous and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Goats are not treated with growth hormones either and they produce less methane than cows. Goat’s milk does have less folic acid and vitamin B12 than cow’s milk though, as well as a little less zinc. Some people are reluctant to try it, thinking it will taste ‘goaty’. Actually, it's similar to cow's milk although it can taste a bit tangier depending on the animal’s diet. Goat's milk yogurt tends to taste very tangy.

    [​IMG]Sheep Milk
    Sheep are among the most useful of domesticated animals, producing a sustainable supply of milk, meat and wool. A hardy species, sheep thrive on hillsides unusable for agriculture, and, like goats, produce far less methane than cows. Their milk contains up to twice as many minerals (including calcium, phosphorous, zinc and the important B vitamins) as cow's milk. Like goat's milk, it has small fat globules that are easily digested and it’s a rich source of iodine, which is useful for those with thyroid problems. Unfortunately, it’s almost twice as fattening as whole cow's milk and has many more calories. It’s also unsuitable for the lactose intolerant and babies. Although it contains higher levels of butterfat, it’s actually lower in saturated fat than other types of milk. Taste-wise, it’s richer and creamier than cow’s milk but without the faint tanginess of goat’s milk.

    [​IMG]Buffalo Milk
    Buffalo milk might sound a bit gimmicky, but unlike the modern dairy cow, buffalo can thrive without the need for high levels of concentrated, hormone-infused feed. Grass, clover and hay make up the bulk of a buffalo’s diet; with bone meal, fishmeal and genetically modified feed rarely making it into their troughs. In the case of organically raised buffalo, it never does. The seven percent fat content is similar to that of cow’s milk, and the two milks share an almost indistinguishable nutritional profile. However, buffalo milk does have a lower cholesterol count and more protein, calcium, iron and phosphorous. The presence of higher levels of immunoglobulins, lactoferrin, lysozyme, lactoperoxidase make buffalo milk suitable for special dietary and health foods

    [​IMG]Oat Milk
    Like many plant milks, oat milk is cholesterol and lactose free, and also contains high levels of antioxidant vitamin E. It also contains folic acid, which is essential for most bodily functions and is needed to synthesise and repair DNA, produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anaemia. Thanks to its plant source, oat milk is usually tolerated by people with multiple allergies, and is also a good source of phytochemicals; naturally occurring chemicals in plants that help fight diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. The main argument against oat milk is that it, like rice milk, is high in sugar and doesn’t have the calcium and protein content of cow’s milk. Since it’s derived from a cereal crop, it’s also no good for people who are allergic to gluten, and has a distinctive, oaty flavour, which doesn’t appeal to everyone. It’s also fairly difficult to source and is usually only available in health food shops.

    [​IMG]Hemp Milk
    A good alternative for anyone with soya and nut allergies, hemp milk is also cholesterol and lactose free, low in saturated fats and rich in healthy omega fatty acids. It’s also an excellent source of protein and tastes creamier and nuttier than soya milk or rice milk, and also tends to be a bit thicker than other plant-based milks. Like other plant milks though, it lacks calcium and isn’t as widely available as soya, rice and goat’s milk.

    [​IMG]Cashew Nut Milk
    According to the George Mateijan Foundation, a quarter of a cup of cashews supplies almost 38 percent of the recommended daily intake copper, which is involved in many important bodily functions such as developing bone and connective tissue, producing melanin, and iron absorbtion. Cashews are a great source of magnesium like calcium, magnesium is also extremely important in keeping our bones strong and healthy, and, compared to other nuts, cashews have a lower overall fat content. As with the other nut-based milks you can also make cashew milk at home

    [​IMG]Coconut Milk
    Coconut milk is a very creamy, dairy-free alternative for those who are lactose intolerant or allergic to animal milk. Those who subscribe to the low-carb lifestyle often prize coconut milk for it’s minimal starch content. A vegan drink, it is also soya-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and nut-free while its fat content is considered to a ‘good fat’, easily metabolised by the body and quickly turned into energy rather than being stored as fat. Coconut milk is also rich in lauric acid, a substance also found in human milk, which researchers have shown have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Unlike other nut or plant milks, the saturated fat content of coconut milk is significant at five grams per serving, so drink it in moderation. It can solidify and separate when refrigerated, depending on the brand, so if you like a cold glass of milk, it’s an inconvenient choice since you have to stir it and let it warm up to room temperature in order to drink it. Some brands also have a strong flavour that can be a bit overpowering.


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    findingmyway Ji,

    I am currently using Soya Bean drink (flavored one) to soak my muesli. Often I add more almonds and raisins by buying them separately from the muesli box. Not only is it nutritious, safe, allergy-free but it is also very tasty.

    I prefer almonds to cashew nuts because pH value is higher in almonds and are alkaline whereas Cashew Nuts are Acidic.
    Acidic food increases your fat in the body whereas Alkaline food slims you down.l
     
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    Buffalo milk is very good for you and the staple of Indian diet.

    Soya milk is a cros between vomit and yogurt .....YUKKKK!! Also very bad for men, due to Oestrogen levels. You could end up with man boobs :D
     
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    It's actually phytoeostrogen in soya milk. Soy is in so many products it's unbelievable. Men should be more concerned with linseed/flaxseed.

    I'm a rice milk fan. I get the one fortified with chickpeas. I also drink oatmilk sometimes and get soy milk from the coffee van that visits my work. Of them all, rice milk has the mildest flavour.

    I find, if you've been drinking dairy, rice/oat/soya milks all taste pretty grim at first. The more you drink it to the exclusion of cows milk the better it tastes and then you don't notice it. If you try cows milk again after, it tastes sour and slimey. That has been my experience.
     
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    too late.................
     
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    I'm concerned by it all. Soya's in everything. Animal feed, processed meat, milk etc etc..... I avoid it .....thats why I always say go for organic, grass fed etc etc....

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/jul/25/food.foodanddrink
     
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    I already have man-boobs but the women around me are not as concerned about it as I am. But it is a common sight amongst many men, so I don't feel alienated nor think that God did any injustice to me.
     
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    me neither, although it is a bit off putting if they are bigger than your partners......
     
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    Oh Ya, I am also adding Wheatgrass Juice Powder into my muesli and soak em into flavored Soy Milk. Btw, Wheatgrass has one of the highest pH value so it will keep you slim.

    Here's a link on pH values:

    http://www.acidalkalinediet.com/Alkaline-Foods-Chart.htm
     
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    My advice is stay off teh Soya and processed stuff. Go for organic stuff and fresh stuff.

    Take the following tips to increase testosterone. Those should help get rid of man boobs and lose weight as well:

    http://bb2k.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/top-10-testosterone-boosting-foods.html
    The top 10 testosterone boosting foods!


    Posted by Body By BB2K on 1:58 PM
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    '; div.innerHTML = summary;}//]]></SCRIPT>Ever wonder if you were eating the right foods for your goals? You would be surprised at how many people eat the wrong foods and at the wrong times! The key to eating healthy is knowing what to eat and when to eat it but also to know WHY you're eating it.

    Men are alays looking to add a little more muscle mass to their frames. nothing is more sexy than lean muscle. As men, we also love the ego boost of having BIG GUNS and a huge chest! But, how do we obtain those ego boosting muscles? Its more than just lifting weight, its what we eat, when we eat and why we eat that makes us grow and get those lean pounds of muscle!

    So, I thought i would post the top 10 testosterone boosting foods for men. This list of foods will help you understand "WHY" you're eating them. No more eating certain foods because you saw it in a magazine but now you're eating them because you know why they work!

    1) Oysters: Protein, magnesium, lots of zinc

    The Facts:
    Along with increasing your physical endurance, oysters pack more zinc than almost any other food source just six gives you almost seven times the RDA and zinc plays a key role in muscle growth and testosterone levels.

    How much:
    Eat a serving of oysters once a week, raw, cooked or canned but never fried.

    2) Lean Beef: Protein, iron, magnesium, zinc, saturated fat

    The Facts:
    Few things have as positive an impact on testosterone levels as lean meats. Beef specifically offers the added benefit of high protein and zinc two nutrients key to optimizing testosterone and muscle-building potential in one source. And while you don’t want too much saturated fat in your diet, you require some to produce testosterone.

    How much:
    Grill or broil a lean cut of steak a few times a week. I love Top Sirloin!

    3) Beans: Protein, fiber, zinc

    The Facts:
    Beans are indeed the magical fruit. Beans pack a bigger shot of zinc than any other member of the veggie family; some (like baked beans) even rival the zinc content of red meat. Add that to a food that’s high in protein and fiber and low in fat, and you have a winning combo.

    How much:
    Baked beans, lima beans, navy beans and kidney beans are all good choices. Canned versions are as nutritious as dry!

    4) Poultry: Protein and little fat

    The Facts:
    High-protein diets have a positive impact on muscle mass and thus testosterone levels and high fat seems to have the opposite effect. So while chicken and turkey lack high zinc levels, their protein-to-fat ratios make them important to your diet.

    How much:
    Roast or grill skinless, boneless portions of turkey or chicken several times a week.

    5) Eggs: Protein and cholesterol

    The Facts:
    Testosterone is synthesized from cholesterol, and as such, food containing cholesterol is a good source of building blocks for testosterone. Eggs are a source of pure, unadulterated cholesterol, and one recent study showed that the excess cholesterol in eggs isn’t as harmful as previously thought. So stock up on whole eggs (unless otherwise instructed by your physician). Or use the liquid egg whites!

    How much:
    Start your day with 3-4 whole eggs cooked in olive oil or fat-free cooking spray. The amount of eggs you eat also depends on your goals, body weight etc.

    6) Cottage Cheese: (1% Milk Fat)Protein with very little fat

    The Facts:
    One cup of 1% cottage cheese has more protein and less fat than a serving of lean beef or chicken. Have it as a snack or with a meal for testosterone-boosting potential.

    How much:
    Eat 1 cup of cottage cheese each day


    7) Broccoli: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

    The Facts:
    Elevated estrogen levels lead to fat accumulation and can interfere with muscle growth. In a clinical study, indole-3-carbinol cut the largely female hormone estradiol in half for men. Broccoli contains high levels of indoles, food compounds that help reduce bad estrogen.

    How much:
    Eat as many servings of broccoli as you can stomach.

    8) Cabbage: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

    The Facts:
    In addition to exhibiting the same estradiol-restricting properties as other cruciferous vegetables, cabbage is high in fiber. Fiber is great for controlling weight, as it prevents the consumption of fattier foods. Keeping weight down has an anti-estrogen impact.

    How much:
    Load up that fat-free brat with sauerkraut and have a side of slaw just go easy on the mayo.

    9) Brussels Sprouts: Indole-3-carbinol, fiber

    The Facts:
    You should have listened to your mom: Brussels sprouts do help you grow up big and strong. Like the other vegetables on our list, these specifically target bad estrogen and pack just as much fiber.

    How much:
    Hold your nose and power them down. Good luck!

    10) Garlic: Allicin

    The Facts:
    In clinical studies, garlic’s active ingredient enhances testosterone levels and inhibits cortisol, a hormone that competes with testosterone, limiting its actions and breaking down muscle tissue.

    How much:
    Season other foods with garlic when you can, but eating whole cloves provides the most direct benefit.

    The Basics On How To Eat For A Huge Testosterone Boost

    Stick to the ratio: Men should aim for 45% of calories from protein, 35% from carbs and 20% from fats. As you put daily menus together, these numbers will help you maintain this diet.

    Avoid high-glycemic carbs: Carb-rich foods high on the glycemic index can negatively affect your testosterone levels.

    Think protein & fats: High-protein and moderate-fat foods are crucial for enhancing testosterone and, as a result, building muscle. Make these foods the building blocks of your diet!

    Here's to a new you!
    Matthew Eubanks









    http://www.examiner.com/article/tes...ight-10-foods-to-boost-testosterone-naturally
     
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    Thanks Randipji,

    anything to fit into a smaller bra..
     
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    I have never heard of anyone drinking Coconut MILK..its used in cooking curries rice etc...mostly Fish curry and Flavoured rice..the drink is COCONUT WATER thats in the NUT..
    btw we make FRESH COCONUT OIL by freezing the squeezed juice of the coocnut flesh..its called VIRGIN COCONUT OIL...and its very healthy...
     
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    Randip,

    I am already taking broccoli on the regular basis.
    Male boobs come about from two reasons. Testicle Problem and high estrogen levels.
    The first one is irreversible and the second one is.
     
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    I always drink Almond milk and Soy Milk, I find it way tastier than 2% milk too!! Oh my.. I wish we had Cashew Milk here, I am obsessed with Cashews as it is :p it must taste soo good.
     
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