Dairy and Non-Dairy Milk Compared

by Russell Eaton

Whatever you may think about cow’s milk, there’s no denying that non-dairy milk is absolutely delicious. If you have never tasted the cool, creamy, nutty flavour of, say, almond milk you’re missing out in life. One of my favourites is coconut milk – it’s non-fattening, it keeps well in the fridge, it can be used as a compliment to any food just like regular milk, and it is so delicious that once tasted you will always want it.

You can make non-dairy milk from a variety of seeds, nuts, grains, and soybeans. And once made, the milk can be stored in the fridge just like regular pasteurized milk, or it can be frozen for future use.

There is a myth that making non-dairy milk is complicated and that you need special milk-making equipment. Nothing could be further from the truth. Making non-dairy milk requires no special apparatus (just a regular kitchen blender). And if you have the ingredients to hand, you can make milk in less than ten minutes.

One of the biggest advantages of making your own milk is that the ingredients can be stored at home almost indefinitely as ingredients can be frozen without affecting the nutritional value or the quality of the final milk. This means you can make milk whenever you need it, and you will save money compared to the cost of buying milk, whether it is dairy or non-dairy.

The biggest benefit of non-dairy milk has to be the health aspect. Pasteurized dairy milk is full of unhealthy things such as saturated fats, harmful galactose, cancer-causing hormones and mucus-forming casein, all of which cause illness in a variety of ways.

People who switch from dairy to non-dairy milk begin to feel much better after just a few days. You benefit by avoiding the harm caused by dairy milk, and you benefit by enjoying the super-healthy nutrition of non-dairy milk.

As all non-dairy milk is made from natural plant-based ingredients it is highly nutritious. Non-dairy milk is packed with minerals, vitamins, enzymes, health promoting oils, fibre, plant sterols that beat cholesterol, and other healthy nutrients. Whatever your culture, state of health, diet or lifestyle you truly cannot go wrong by consuming non-dairy milk.

But don’t just limit your non-dairy milk to the commercial brands of soy milk and rice milk that you can buy in supermarkets. Start making your own milk from a wide range of ingredients that are cheap to buy anywhere, and can easily be stored at home. By doing this you will enjoy wonderful new flavours and much improved nutrition.

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